Habenaria xanthocheila Ridley 1896 H rhodocheila Complex Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Orange Form Photo courtesy of Prem Subrahmanyam Copyright 2004 All rights reserved.


Common Name The Yellow Lipped Habenaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

A small to medium sized, warm to cool growing southeast Asian litho-terrestrial that is confused with Habenaria rhodocheila. Occuring in Malaysia with coral-like roots and grows on large semi-exposed, granite boulders and blooms on an erect, racemose inflorescence arising in the spring

CAUTION This species is often cited as a synonym of H rhodocheila along with H ericmichaelii but I feel that all three should be separate species.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 4 1979 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 4 2002 photo; OrchideenJournal Vol 5 #4 Timothy C. Choltco, Brett Moloney & Gary Yong Gee 2017