Habenaria flexuosa Lindl. 1835


Plant in situ central Mexico

Photos by © Edouard Faria

Deep Shade Cold LATERSummer EARLYFall

Common Name The Flexuous Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in central and southwestern Mexico in deep shade in humid mesophilic forests at elevations around 2200 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with an ovoid to oblong, subterranean tuber giving rise a stem carrying to 5 to 8 elliptic to lanceolate, progressively larger to the middle of the stem, then smaller above, ascending to extending, acute leaves taht blooms in the later summer and early fall on an erect, racemose, to 4” [10 cm] long, 6 to 7 flowered inflorescence with longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Bonatea flexuosa Lindl. 1835

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing fide/photo ok; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018