Habenaria medusa Kraenzl. 1893

Side View of FlowerPhotos by Jay Pfahl

InflorescencePhoto by Takato NATSU from Japan and his Japan Orchids Page

Full shade Hot Warm Spring Summer

Common Name The Medusa-Like Habenaria [refers to the side lobes of the lip]

Flower Size 3 1/2" [9 cm]

Found in Laos, Vietnam, Borneo, Java, Sulawesi and Sumatra in grasslands at elevations around 400 to 800 meters as a medium sized [in flower], hot to warm growing terrestrial with 4 to 5, lanceolate, acute, subcordate basally leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, to 16" [40 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence.

This species needs a long dry winter rest from leaf fall [in September] to the arrival of new growth [in March]. With the new growths arrival it is time to water and fertilize regularly until it blooms from June to August.

Synonyms Fimbrorchis medusa (Kraenzl.) Szlach.2004; Fimbrorchis myriotricha (Gagnep.) Szlach. 2004; Fimbrorchis myriotricha var. confluens (Gagnep.) Szlach 2004; Habenaria myriotricha Gagnep. 1931; Habenaria myriotricha var. confluens Gagnep.1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1896 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Smith 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85; Die Orchideen #5 17-20 tafel 6 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 1 2004 as H myriotricha photo; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 as H myriotricha photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 2 2009 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 as H myriotricha drawing/photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide