Habenaria richardiana Wight 1851 SECTION Macroceratitis Kraenzl Drawing by Wight and The Plant Illustrations Webpage

Part shadeCold Summer

Common Name Richard's Habenaria [French Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5cm]

Found in southern India at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with 1 to 2, lumpy oblong tubers giving rise to an erect, short stem with 1 to 2 lower sheaths carrying above 3 to 5, often sub-radical, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, acute, basally clasping leaves abruptly grading above into bracts that blooms in the fall on an erect, terminal, to 4" [10 cm] long, laxly 3 to 10 flowered inflorescence with a lanceolate, shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying faintly puberulous, white flowers .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing good; Orchids of Nilgris Joseph 1987 drawing fide;