Habenaria distans Griseb. 1866 SECTION Macroceratitis Kraenzl.

Plant and Flowers in situ

Photos by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Plant and Flowers in situ

Photo courtesy of Dave's Garden


Drawing by Foldats

Full shade Cool Fall winter

Common Name The Far Apart Habenaria [Refers to the basal leaves being apart from the inflorescence]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in S Florida, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and Argentina in humid forests in moss at elevations of 1000 to 1900 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a 2 to 6, in a basal rosette, with another smaller one sometimes further up , elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, 2.4 to 5" [6 to 12.5 cm] long, laxly 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence

Similar to H herminioides, H cogniauxiana and H millei which all have a basal rosette of leaves.

Synonyms Habenaria amparoana Schltr. 1923; Habenaria distans var. jamaicensis Cogn. 1909; Habenaria jamaicensis Fawc. & Rendle 1909;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 as H distans var jamaicensis drawing fide; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19 Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as H amporoana; Native Orchids of North America Correll 1950 drawing fide; Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correl 1952 drawing fide; Drawings of Florida Orchids Blanche Ames 1959 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1971 drawing fide; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst and Dungs 1975 drawing ok?; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 760 1982 Hamer drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of North America Williams and Williams 1983 drawing good; Flora Novo-Galaciana McVaugh 1985; Orchids of Guatemala and Beliz Ames & Correll 1985 drawing fide; Catalogo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna Gale 1987; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Panama and Costa Rica Dressler 1993; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 4 2000 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo not; Wild Orchids of Florida Brown 2002 photos/drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; The Wild Orchids of North America North of Mexico Brown 2003 photo/drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Laramendi 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo not!; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing not!!!= Epidendrum???; Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol 1 Szlachetko & Kolanowska 2017 drawing fide; ; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018