Habenaria pringlei B.L.Rob. 1893 SECTION Macroceratitis Kraenzl. 1909

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Photos by The Orquideas Mexicanas Website


Common Name Pringle's Habenaria [American Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in Mexico, Guatenala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador at elevations aro0und 1150 meters as a large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with an erect, stout, leafy throughout stem carrying basally clasping, ensiform, carinate, gradually tapering to a long point leaves that blooms in the later summer on a terminal, erect, to 6" [15 cm] long, to 10 flowered inflorescence. with lanceolate, sharply acuminate floral bracts and carrying cream to whitish greeen flowers.

Similar to H macroceratitis but H pringlei differs in the longer, narrower leaves, larger flowers and conspicuous fleshy appendages. Also similar to H trifida but differs in the larger more numerous flowers and the shape of the petals.

CAUTION Even though Kew states that this species is separate from H bractescens, it seems extremely similar, barring differences in the plants [which I have not seen for this species] I believe that they are conspecific and if so then H bractescens takes precedence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 4 Ames 1910; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol III Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez & Dressler 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #3 2011 photo fide; Orquideas Tesoro de Colombia Vol 2 Ortiz & Uribe 2017 Drawing fide; Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol 1 Szlachetko & Kolanowska 2017 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018