Peristylus holochila (Hillebr.) N.Hallé 1980

Plant in situ Molokai

Photos by © Dr Robert Gustafson

Flower Closeup

Plants in situ Molokai

Photos by © H Oppenheimer


Common Name The Full Lipped Peristylis - The Hawaii Bog Orchid or Hawaian Fringed Orchid - Puahala a kane

Flower Size .5" [1.25 cm]

Found rarely only in Maui and Molokai Hawaii in moist and wet forests in bogs on ridges and the subalpine zone of lava substrates at medium elevations as a large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a tuber giving rise to an erect stem carrying a few leaves then grading to bracts above that blooms in the later spring through mid fall on an erect, terminal, many flowered inflorescence.

Hawaii's rarest orchid and on the federal list of endangered species.

Synonyms Habenaria holochila Hillebr. 1888; Limnorchis holochila (Hildebr.) Efimov 2008 publ. 2009; Platanthera holochila (Hillebr.) Kraenzl 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 7 1987 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 4 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #2 2012 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #1 2019 photo fide