Habenaria porphyricola Schltr. 1906 SECTION Diphyllae Kraenzl

Photo by Tripetch P. and The Trekking Thai Orchid Website


Common Name The Purple ? Living Habenaria

Flower Size .56" [1.4 cm]

Found in northern Thailand in deciduous forests at elevations around 130 to 700 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with erect stems carrrying 2 to 3, basal, adpressed to the soil, ovate, acute leaves grading above into 3 to 6, erect but apically spreading, lanceolate, acuminate sterile bracts that blooms in the later summer and early fall on an erect, terminal, glabrous, 4 to 9.2" [10 to 23 cm] long, lax, 1 to 5 flowered inflorescence with a .8 to 2.6" [2 to 6.5 cm] long, rachis carrying ovate-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts that sometimes have denticulate margins.

This species, H humistrata, H reniformis, H porphyricola, H humidicola, H siamensis and H poilanei form a group of similar and possibly conspecific species and need more study to see if they can mainain their separate species status.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flore Generale de Indo-Chine Volume 6 Gagnepain 1934; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1964; Bulletin du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle % No 71 Seidenfaden 1972; Tidsskrift bd 68 hft 1 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand V Seidedenfaden 1973 drawing good; Contributions to a Revision of the Orchid Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam Seidenfaden 1975; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 31 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand V Orchidoideae Seidenfaden 1977 drawing good; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing/photo fide