Habenaria stenopetala Lindl. pg 319 1835 SECTION Macroceratitis Kraenzl

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Common Name The Slim Petal Habenaria - In China Si Lie Yu Feng Hua - In Thailand Ua dok khiao

Flower Size .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, Assam, Bangladesh, India, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, New Guinea, the Philippines, China, Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan in primary evergreen forests at elevations of 500 to 2000 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with 6 to 10 cauline, forming a central cluster on the stem, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the summer and earlier fall on an erect, terminal, rachis 1.6 to 4.6" [4 to 14 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, longer than the flowers floral bracts and carrying green, pale green to rarely white flowers.

CAUTION Lindley described 2 different species in the same publication with the name H stenopetala. This species has a much wider range than H rhynchocarpa which is the valid name for the secondly described H stenopetala and it only occurs in the Indian Subcontinent.

Synonyms Habenaria amanoana Ohwi 1956; Habenaria delessertiana Kraenzl. 1897; Habenaria linearipetala Hayata 1914; Habenaria sutepensis Rolfe ex Downie 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing ok; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; Flore Generale de Indo-Chine Volume 6 Gagnepain 1934; Flore Generale de Indo-Chine Volume 6 Gagnepain 1934 as Habenaria sutepensis; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 7 1958 drawing good; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as H sutupensis drawing fide; The Orchids of Bombay Santapau & Kapadia 1966; Orchids of the Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing hmm; Contributions to a Revision of the Orchid Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam Seidenfaden 1975; Contributions to a Revision of the Orchid Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam Seidenfaden 1975 as H sutepensis; Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Orchid Genera in Thailand V Orchioideae Seidenfaden 1977 drawing fide; Orchidiana PPhilippiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 as H delessertiana drawing ok; Orchids of North West Himalaya Deva & Naithani 1986 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Orchids of Nagaland Deorani & Naithani 1995 drawing fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand 2 Vaddhanaphuti 2009 photo good; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2009 photo fide; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Taiwan Lin & Wang 2014 photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 20 2017 photo fide; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;