Habenaria unellezii Foldats 1990 SECTION Seticauda Drawing by Krol

Part shadeHot LATERSummer THROUGH EARLyFall

Common Name Unellez's Habenaria

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela in swamps at elevations of 200 to 500 meters as a large sized, hot growing terrestrial with an erect leafy throughout stem carrying numerous, ovate-lanceolate, elliptic-lanceolate to lanceolate, acute, increasing in size upwards, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a 6 to 16" [15 to 40 cm] long, subdensely to sublaxly many flowered inflorescnece with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying green flowers.

Similar to H petalodes but differs in the dilated lip apex and is variably shaped as elliptic, rhombic or 3 lobulate. The Venezuelan species have 2 basal lobules to the lip, the examined Colombian specimens did not.

Synonyms Habenella unellezii (Foldats) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2006; Platantheroides unellezii (Foldats) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol 1 Szlachetko & Kolanowska 2017 as Habenella unellezii drawing fide

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