Habenaria viridiflora (Rottler ex Sw.) Lindl. 1835 SECTION Commelynifoliae Kraenzl 1893 Photo courtesy of David Kuehn©

Common Name The Green Flowered Habenaria - In China Lu Hua Yu Feng Hua

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Southern China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in damp grassy areas in forests as a small to medium sized terrestrial orchid with oblong, fleshy tubers giving rise to an erect, slender, rigid, glabrous stem carrying 4 to 5, linear, acuminate to acute apically, amplexicaul base leaves grading above into 1 to 7, erect, lanceolate, acuminate, serrate margined bract-like leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, glabrous, .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, serveral to more than 10 flowered inflorescence with a 3.4 to 9.6" [8.5 to 24 cm] long rachis carrying ovate-lanceolate, much shorter than the ovary, long acuminate apically floral bracts

Synonyms Coeloglossum luteum Dalzell 1850; Habenaria chlorantha Turcz. 1854; Habenaria graminea A.Rich. 1841; Habenaria tenuis Griff. 1844; *Orchis viridiflora Rottler ex Sw 1800

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing good/photo ok