Habenaria retroflexa F.Muell. & Kraenzl. 1893 Photo by Wolfgang Bandisch and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

Common Name The Bent Back Habenaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea in rainforests in deep leaf litter at elevations of 150 to 350 meters as a large sized, hot growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying in the basal half, ovate, acute, narrowing towards the base leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, to 22" [to 55 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; Checklist of Papusian Orchids Ormerod 2017;