Habenaria strictissima Rchb.f. 1845 SECTION Seticauda

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Part Sun Hot Cool Fall

Common Name The Extremely Rigid Habenaria

Flower Size .5" [1.2 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in lower wet montane forests at elevations of sea level to 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with an erect stem enveloped basally by slasping non-foliaceous sheaths and carrying well spaced, narrowly elliptic, acute smaller below, middlemost largest and grading smaller above into the bracts that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, 7” [17.5 cm] long, racemose, densely to 25 flowered inflorescence with equal to to slightly larger than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Habenaria amblyantha Kraenzl. 1920; Habenaria amesiana Schltr. 1918; Habenaria latipetala Schltr. 1918; Habenaria pyramidalis Lindl. 1845; Habenella strictissima (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2006; Platantheroides strictissima (Rchb.f.) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910; Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correl 1952; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 Drawing fide/photo good; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst and Dungs 1975 drawing good; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1021 Hamer 1984 drawing fide; Orchids of Guatemala and Beliz Ames & Correll 1985; Flora Novo Galaciana McVaugh 1985 as H pyramidialis; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018