Habenaria ernestii Schltr. 1914

Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay

Part shade Cool

Common Name Ernest's Habenaria [Ernest Ule German Botanist later 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana and northern Brazil in cloud forests at elevations around 1200 to 1300 meters as a large sized, cool growing terreestrial with a basal tuber giving rise to a terete, robust stem enveloped completely by leaf sheath bases carrying cauline, suberect, glaucous green, shiny bract-like leaves grading into the bracts above that blooms on a terminal, erect, 4" [10 cm] long, laxly several to many flowered inflorescence with acuminate floral bracs and carrying resupinate, green to whitish green flowers.

Synonyms Rhinorchis ernestii (Schltr.) Szlach. 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated vol 5 1972 as H caldensis not = H ernestii drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst and Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as H rodiense not - H ernestii drawing fide; Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 3 #1 61 Garay & Romero 1998; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Second Edition Romero & Carnevali drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing/photo fide; Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol 1 Szlachetko & Kolanowska 2017 drawing fide