Habenaria alata Hook. 1825 SECTION Leptoceras

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Part Shade Warm Cold Fall

Common Name The Winged Habenaria

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands, Trinidad, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Surinam, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 2900 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte with simple, laterally compressed stems carrying many, distichous, lanceolate, conduplicate, all along the stem, progressively decreasing upwards, acuminate leaves that have around 1.6" [4 cm] between each that blooms in the fall on an erect, racemose, 8" [20 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, usually longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Habenaria laxiflora Poepp. & Endl. 1836; Habenaria stricta A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Habenaria triptera Rchb.f. 1850; Habenaria triptera var. heteroglossa Rchb.f. 1850; Habenella alata (Hook.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2006; Platantheroides alata (Hook.) Szlach.2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910 as H stricta drawing good; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910 as H triptera; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing fide; Repert. Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Band VIII Peru Schlechter 1921 as H laxiflora; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19 Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 as H laxiflora drawing ok; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing ok; Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correl 1952 drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as H laxiflora; Native Orchids of Trinidad & Tobago 1960 Schultzes drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing fide; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing fide/photo ok; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 387 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 758 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana McVaugh 1985; Orchids of Guatemala and Beliz Ames & Correll 1985 drawing fide; Catalogo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna Gale 1987; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Panama and Costa Rica Dressler 1993; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Laramendi 2005 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo hmm; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017; Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol 1 Szlachetko & Kolanowska 2017 drawing fide; ; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018