Habenaria crinifera Lindl. 1835 SECTION Macroceratitis Kraenzl

Photo by Aarshasree Orchids

Part ShadeWarm LATERsummer

Common Name or Meaning The Hair Carrying Habenaria [refers tothe tepals and lip]

Flower Size .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, India and Sri Lanka in tropical, dry, mixed evergreen forests at elevations up to 915 meters as a medium sized, warm growing terrestrial or epiphyte on tree trunks about 40" [1 meter] from the ground with a single, oblong to ovoid tuber giving rise to 2 to 4, basally clustered, oblong-lanceolate, acute somewhat tapering towards the base leaves that blooms in the later summer on a terminal, erect, 2.8 to 4.8" [7 to 12 cm] long, cylindrical, bracteate, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Habenaria schizochilus J.Graham 1839; Synmeria crinifera (Lindl.) Szlach. 2005; Synmeria schizochilus Nimmo 1839

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Bombay Santapau & Kapadia 1966 Drawings fide; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018 photo fide