Habenaria acuifera Wall. ex Lindl. 1835 SECTION Diphyllae Photo by Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens website

Another Flower?Photo by J B Comber and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Website

Part sun Cool Summer

Common Name The Pointed Habenaria - In China Tu Kong Po Shen - In Thailand Dok nang nuan, Hua khao chao

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Assam, eastern Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Guangdong, Guangxi, southwestern Sichuan and western Yunnan China in forests or on scruby to grassy slopes at elevations of 1300 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing terrestrial with small ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect, glabrous stem usually carrying 2 to 3, down low, well spaced, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, long-acuminate apically, amplexicaule and clsping basally leaves and carrying above, many, lanceolate, sterile bracts that blooms in the later summer on an erect, terminal, racemose, 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence

Often incorrectly spelled Habenaria acutifera, but acuifera is absolutely correct. Pers Comm Rafael Govaerts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitnand 1959; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 drawing good; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 as H acutifera; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo hmm; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo hmm; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing fide/photo ok