Habenaria acuifera Wall. ex Lindl. 1835 SECTION Diphyllae

Photo by Dony Kokii and the Flora of India Website

Different lateral sepals

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

Another Flower

Photo by Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens 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, amplexicaul and clasping 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 Burman Grant 1895; Flore Generale de Indo-Chine Volume 6 Gagnepain 1934; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitnand 1959; Contributions to a Revision of the Orchid Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam Seidenfaden 1975; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 drawing good; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 31 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand V Orchidoideae Seidenfaden 1977 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchids of Nagaland Deorani & Naithani 1995 drawing fide to the first photo; 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 fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations 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; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Tun 2014 photo fide; Checklist of Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Saw and Chung 2017; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;