Habenaria barbata Wight ex Hook.f. 1890

Photo by Suranjan Fernando and An Anotated Checklist of the Orchids of Sri Lanka


Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Website

Full shade CoolSummer

Common Name The Bearded Habenaria

Flower Size .72" [1.8 cm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in submontane forests in shade at elevations of 1000 to 1220 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with oblong to pyriform tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying lanceolate, acute, 5 to 7 nerved, grading smaller and more conduplicate above, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, 3.2" [8 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, as long as the flowers floral bracts.

Synonyms Ate virens Lindl. 1835; Habenaria virens (Lindl.) Abeyw. 1959

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 as H virens; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 as H virens drawing fide