Habenaria praealta (Thouars) Spreng. 1826

Plant and Flowers in situ Reunion Photos by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website

Type Drawing Drawing by © Thouars

Part Shade Warm Cool Fall Winter

Common Name The Very High Occuring Habenaria

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Reunion and Madagascar in humid, evergreen forests and riverine forests at elevations around 600 to 1500 meters as a medium to giant sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an erect stem enveloped by a whorl of leaf bearing sheaths carrying linear, almost grass-like, acute basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall through winter on a terminal, erect, densely 25 to 75 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms *Satyrium praealtum Thouars 1822

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Specierum Nova. Regni Vegetabilis Band 33 Schlechter 1925; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Satyrium proeultrum [praealtum] drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo ok; Orchidees de La Reunion Bernet 2010 photo fide;