Habenaria ferdinandii Schltr. 1911

Photo by Mark Clements and The Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria Website

Fragrance partial shade Hot LATER Summer Fall

Common Name Ferdinand's Habenaria - In Australia the Yellow Rein Orchid

Flower Size .32 to .39"[8 to 9.5 mm]

Found in the Northern Territory of Australia in grassy forests and seepage areas at base of sandstone escarpments at elevations of 200 to 300 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying 3 to 5, basal, erect, linear, obtuse to acute, glabrous, dark green leaves that blooms in the later summer and fall on an erect, terminal, 8 to 20" [20 to 50 cm] long overall, rachis 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] lolng, , 7 to 15 flowered inflorescence with somewhat spreading, lanceolate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying strongly scented flowers. .

Synonyms Habenaria arnhemica F.Muell. ex Benth. 1873; Habenaria ferdinandii var. arnhemica (Benth.) Dockrill 1965; Habenaria graminea var. arnhemica Benth. 1873; Habenaria muelleriana Schltr. 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Australia Nichols 1969 drawing fide; Native Orchds of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide