Habenaria mitodes Garay & W.Kittr. 1985 SECTION Guilleminii

TYPE Drawing by Dr Leslie Garay

Part shade Cool LATERSummer EARLIERFall

Common Name The Insignificant Habenaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Nayarit state of Mexico in pine forests or barranca forests on the Pacific coast at elevations of 1000 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with an ovoid tuber giving rise to a leafy, quite glabrous stem carrying 5 to 7, from more or less imbricating sheaths, mostly clustered towards the mid stem or above, 2 to 4 or the lowest reduced or bladeless sheaths, lanceolate, flat, narrowly long-acuminate leaves that blooms in the later summer and earlier fall on a terminal, erect, 4 to 6.4" [10 to 16 cm] long, spicate, rather loosely 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate-attenuate, lower ones much longer than the flowers floral bracts and carrying greenish to greenish white flowers with spreading segments.

This species is close to H crassicornis but H mitodes has smaller flowers with a relatively broader and blunt dorsal sepal rather than acuminate as in H crassicornis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora Novo Galaciana McVaugh 1985 drawing fide;