Habenaria balfouriana Schltr. 1924

Photos by Apus Wd and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant in situ in China

Photos by Orchid Society of China Website

Common Name Balfour's Habenaria [Scottish Botanist early 1900's] - In China Dian Shu Yu Feng Hua

Flower Size 1/4" [6mm]

Found in southwestern Sichuan and northwestern Yunnan provinces of China in forests or shrubby grasslands at elevations of 2200 to 3600 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with an oblong tuber giving rise to an erect, terete, densely papillate, hairy stem carrying 2, basal, nearly opposite, spreading horizontally, sometimes tinged with yellowish white, ovate to broadly elliptic, slighly fleshy, 5 nerved, obtuse rounded basally, acuminate to acute apically leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, papillate, to 2.8" [7 cm] long, 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;