Habenaria pygmaea C.Schweinf. & R.E.Schult. 1954 Drawing by © Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full shade Hot Warm LATE Spring Summer

Common Name The Pygmy Habenaria [refers to the size of the plant and flowers]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in southwestern Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in sandstone savannah within moss on rocks as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing litho-terrestrial with a small elliptical tuber giving rise to an erect, delicate stem carrying 2 to 4, basal, in a loose whorl, oblong-ovate to lanceolate, subacute leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, terminal, to 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, laxly few to several flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying green flowers.

Synonyms Habenaria guanchezii Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1985 publ. 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 112 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing 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