Habenaria arachnoides Thouars 1822 SECTION Pentaceras [Thou] Schlechter 1915 type for section

Photo By Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Common Name The Spider-Like Habenaria

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in east central Madagascar in humid hill and montane forests at elevations of 750 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial orchid with a stem that is almost completely enveloped by lower leafless and higher leafed sheaths carrying lanceolate-acute, plicate leaves and blooms in the spring and fall on a 1.6" to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, thin, 8 to 15 flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 drawings hmm; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;