Habenaria humidicola Rolfe 1896 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl Photo by Tripetch P.


Common Name The Moisture-Loving Habenaria - In China Shi Di Yu Feng Hua

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southern Yunnan, southwest Guizhou and eastern Zhejiang provinces of China, Thailand and Myanmar in forests and damp areas on shaded rocks at elevations of 600 to 1600 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte with fleshy, cylindric tubers giving rise to an erect, terete, glabrous stem carrying 3 to 4, in a basal rosette, grading to bracts above, lanceolate-oblong, ampliexicaul basally, subacute to acuminate apically leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, 2 to 8" [5 to 20 cm] long, laxly few to many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, shorter to longer than the ovary, acuminate apically floral bracts.

This species, H reniformis, H porphyricola, H humistrata, H siamensis and H poilanei form a group of similar and possibly conspecific species and need more study to see if they can mainain their species status


References Habenaria acianthoides Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing/photo fide