Habenaria gibsonii Hook.f. 1890 SECTION Habenaria

Photo by Pravin Kawale and The Flowers of India Website?

Fragrant var foetida Part ShadeHot Warm LATERSummer

Common Name Gibson's Habenaria [English Orchid Collector in India 1800's] - In India - Ugra Habe-amri

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, India and the western Himalayas in semi-evergreen forests and dry deciduous forests at elevations of 400 to 900 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with 3 to 15, prominent, alternately arranged, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, , acute, wavy margin leaves that blooms in the later summer on an erect, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] long, lax, secund to non secund, several flowered inflorescence with pale green, longer than the flowers, ovate-lanceolate, acute to subacuminate and carrying white, scentless or diurnally foul scented [var foetida] flowers .

Synonyms Habenaria digitata var. gibsonii (Hook.f.) C.E.C.Fisch. 1928; Habenaria foliosa var. foetida (Blatt. & McCann) Bennet 1984; Habenaria foliosa var. gibsonii (Hook.f.) Bennet 1984; Habenaria gibsonii var. foetida Blatt. & McCann 1932

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Bombay Santapau & Kapadia 1966 Drawings fide; Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as H gibsonii var foetida; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 drawing fide; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 as H gibsoni var foetida drawing fide; Terrestrial Orchids Swami 2016 as H gibsonii var foetida photo fide; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018 photo fide; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018 photo Fide;