Habenaria patentiloba Ames 1921 SECTION Leptoceras

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Common Name The Flat Spread Lobe Habenaria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Panama in dense forests at elevations around 60 meters as a medium sized, hot growing terrestrial with a slender, erect, leafy throughout stem carrying lanceolate, elliptic to elliptic-oblong, obtuse, acyte to acuminate, reduced to bracts both towards the apex and towards the base leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, [17 to 18 cm] long, sublaxly many flowered inflorescence with erect-patent, lanceolate, acuminate, longer than the ovaries floral bracts.

Often cited as a synonym of H avicula but I feel that they may be different with H avicula being only in northern South America and H pateniloba only in Panama. The most distinguishing characteriztic is the leafy throughout stem in H patentiloba.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 34: 151. Ames 1921 drawing fide; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as H avicula; Field Guide to the Orchids of Panama and Costa Rica Dressler 1993 as H avicula;