Habenaria davidii Franch. 1888

Photo by James Comstock


Photo by Tsi, Chen & Mori

FragrancePart sun Cool ColdLATE Spring Summer

Common Name David's Habenaria [French Missionary and scientist 1800's] - In China Chang Ju Yu Feng Hua

Flower Size 1.1" [2.8 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou and northwestern Yunnan on grassy slopes, in sparse woods, or along ravines in thin thickets at elevations of 1000 to 3200 meters as a to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with oblong-ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect, rather stout, glabrous stem carrying all along the length, 5 to 7, well spaced, lanceolate to oblong, herbaceous, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, racemose, 4 to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying faintly fragrant flowers.

This species is within a group of similar orchids consisiting of H intermedia, H arietina, H limprichtii, H triquetra, H yueana, H mairei and H pectinata which all have trilobed lips with the two lateral sides with fringe.

Synonyms Habenaria chloropecten Schltr.1919; Habenaria leucopecten Schltr. 1919; Habenaria pectinata var. davidii (Franch.) Finet 1901; Kryptostoma davidii (Franch.) Szlach. & Olszewski 2000; Ochyrorchis davidii (Franch.) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchideologiae Sino-Japonicae Prodomus Schlecheter 1919 as H chloropecten; Orchideologiae Sino-Japonicae Prodomus Schlecheter 1919 as H leucopecten; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Orchid Genera in Thailand V Orchioideae Seidenfaden 1977; Orchids Zenghong, Qital, Zhizhou, Kalyong and Heng 1993 photo fide; Wild Orchids in China TSi Chen & Mori 1997 photo fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #2 2002 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;