Habenaria lucida Wall. ex Lindl. 1835

Side View of Flower


Plant and Inflorescence

Photos by Manorot Tangsaveepha and his Butterfly and Orchids Website

Full shade Hot Cool LATER Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Shining Habenaria

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in deciduous and bamboo forests at elevations around 50 to 1300 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying a whorl of 2 to 6, cauline, elliptic, acute, green above, lighter green spattered with purple below leaves grading above into 5 to 10, erect to suberect, lanceolate, acuminate, margins minutely denticulate to shortly hairy sterile bracts that blooms in the later summer and early fall on an erect, terminal, 6 to 9.2" [28 to 75 cm] long, several to many flowered inflorescence with a 4.4 to 14.8" [11 to 37 cm] long rachis carrying lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, shorter than the ovary, acuminate floral bracts

Synonyms Habenaria dilatata subsp. lucida (Wall. ex Lindl.) S.S.Ying 1990; Habenaria recurva Rolfe ex Downie 1925; Habenaria recurva var. erectiflora Tang & F.T.Wang 1940; Habenella lucida (Wall. ex Lindl.) Szlach. & Kras-Lap. 2006; Platanthera lucida Lindl. ex Wall 1832; Platantheroides lucida (Wall. ex Lindl.) Szlach. 2004

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