Habenaria falcigera Rchb.f. 1876 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl

Drawing by Ames and the Filibiot Flickr Photo Website

Part sunWarmTo Cool LATE SpringSummer

Common Name The Sickle-Shaped Leaves Habenaria

Flower Size .64" [1.6 cm]

Found in Luzon the Philippines on grassy limestone hills as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an erect stem with 2, tubular, tapering bracts and 2, near the base of the slender stem, cordate to elliptic, grading smaller above leaves with 2 tubular, aristate bracts above that blooms in the later spring and summer on a slender, 2.4 to 3.6" [6 to 9 cm] long, racemose, few flowered inflorescence carrying large, white flowers

Similar to H diphylla but this one differs in the very short lateral lip lobes nad by its smaller overall stature.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol II Ames 1908; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol V Ames 1915; Orchidiana Philippiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984;