Habenaria ovalifolia Wight 1851 SECTION Commelynifoliae Kraenzl 1893

LCDP Photo by Jeewan Singh Jalal

Photo by Jalal & Jayanth

Full shadeHot TO Cool LATERSummer

Common Name The Oval Leaved Habenaria

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found from India in shady locations and forest edges of semi-evergreen forests at elevations of 400 to 1200 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with 1 to 2, ovate-ellipsoid tubers giving rise to an erect. terete stem enveloped by 3 to 5 sheaths towards the base and carrying 3 to 7, clustered below the middle of the stem, oblong, ovate-lanceolate, acute, glabrous, entire leaves that blooms in the later summer on a 4 to 16" [10 to 40 cm] long, racemose, many flowered inflorescence with basally subconcave, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying dull green flowers.

CAUTIONGoaverts at Kew, W3 Tropicos and IPNI all put H ovalifolia as a synonym of H furcifera, but it can easily be separated by the very long curving spur among other things. .

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Bombay Santapau & Kapadia 1966 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018 photo fide; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018;

Dendrobium crepidatum Griff. 1851 var album

Photo by Beau

A white colored version of the previous species.

W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018 photo fide

Dendrobium crepidatum Griff. 1851 var assamicum

Photo by Eric Hunt

A territorial variation of D crepidatum AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 11 1978 photo fide; Wild Orchids in Myanmar Tanaka 2007 photo fide;

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