Habenaria depressifolia Hoehne 1937 SECTION Humilis Drawing by © Joćo A. N. Batista; Joćo Batista F. da Silva; Luciano de Bem Bianchetti and the The genus Habenaria (Orchidaceae) in the Brazilian Amazon

Common Name The Depressed Leaved Habenaria [refers to the leaves being adpressed to the substrate]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found from Para' to Goais states of Brazil as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing terrestrial with 2, rosulate, orbicular, adpressed to the substrate, obtuse, basally deeply cordate, sessile leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, terminal, 4 to 6", rarely 8" [10 to 15 rarely 20 cm] long, enveloped by acute bracts, 7 to 13 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute floral bracts.

+"Among the Habenaria species from the Amazon region, H. depressifolia is very distinctive by the orbicular, fleshy, reticulate leaves that are adpressed to ground. Among other Brazilian species it is similar to H. schenckii Cogn., but the two species differ in the development of the leafs (the larger leafs are about 2-3 x 2-3.5 cm in H. depressifolia vs. 3.5-5 x 4.5-7 cm in H. schenckii) and size of the flowers (dorsal sepal 3.5-5 x 3-4 mm and anterior petal 4-6 mm long in H. depressifolia vs. 6-7 x 3.5-4 mm and about 7-9 mm long, respectively, in H. schenckii). Flowers are completely green and the species grows in permanently dry, rocky places as well as in seasonally humid fields."


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst and Dungs 1975; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; +The genus Habenaria (Orchidaceae) in the Brazilian Amazon Joćo A. N. Batista; Joćo Batista F. da Silva; Luciano de Bem Bianchetti; Rev. bras. Bot. vol.31 no.1 Sćo Paulo Jan./Mar. 2008