Habenaria mesodactyla Griseb. 1864 SECTION Nudae

Another Angle

Photos by Julian Kenny and the NALIS Library


Drawing by Hamer and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Website

Part sun Hot Cool LATER Summer Fall

Common Name The Medium Size Finger Habenaria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago in open pine forests at elevations around 80 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with thin, slender, sub-filiform stems enveloped mostly by sheath-like, closely adpressed, linear to linear-setaceous, acute leaves that blooms in the later summer and fall on a terminal, erect, .8 to 2.4" [2 to 6 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence with thinly membraneous, ovate-lanceolate to ovate, longly subulate-acuminate floral bracts and carrying pale green flowers

Very close to H lepieurii but differs in the lateral lobes of the lip which are longer than the midlobe and the anterior lobe of the petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 765 Hamer 1982 drawing ok; Native Orchids of the Eastern Caribbean Kenny 1988 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; Field Guide to the Orchids of Panama and Costa Rica Dressler 1993; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 drawing ok; Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol 1 Szlachetko & Kolanowska 2017 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018