Habenaria intermedia D.Don 1825 SECTION Habenariae

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Common Name The In-Between Habenaria - In China Da Hua Yu Feng Hua

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Pakistan, the western Himalayas, Chinese Himalayas, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Nepal in forests at elevations of 1500 to 2800 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a terete stem with 2 to 3 basal sheaths and carrying scattered, ovate-oblong, acuminate, 5 to 7 nerved, rounded to cordate basally leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, to 6" [15 cm] long, 2 to 6 flowered, racemose inflorescence with leaf-like, broadly lanceolate, acuminate, equally to just exceeding the ovary floral bracts.

Many sources put this species as as synonym of H pectinatabut this one has a much longer spur and longer and more segments to the lip as well as being much more common.

This species is within a group of similar orchids consisiting of H davidii, H arietina, H limprichtii, H triquetra, H yueana, H mairei and H pectinata which all have trilobed lips with the two lateral sides with fringe.

Synonyms Kryptostoma intermedium (D.Don) Olszewski & Szlach. 2000; Ochyrorchis intermedia (D.Don) Szlach. 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 drawing fide; Beautiful Indian Orchids Ghose 1968; Indian Orchids A Field Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 1 Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Orchid Genera in Thailand V Orchioideae Seidenfaden 1977; Orchids of North West Himalaya Deva & Naithani 1986 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;