Habenaria elliptica Wight 1851 SECTION Commelynifoliae Kraenzl 1893 Drawing by © Wight and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part sun Cold LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Elliptic Habenaria [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .3" [7.5mm]

Found in southwestern India in Kerala at elevations around 1400 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with an ovoid tuber giving rise to a stem with 1 to 2 basal sheaths and carrying 3 to 4, elliptic-linear, lanceolate, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, erect, to 10" [to 25 cm] long overall, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying bracteate, short-pediceled flowers.

Synonyms Plantaginorchis elliptica (Wight) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification & Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgris Joseph 1987 drawing fide;