Habenaria rostrata Wall. ex Lindl. 1835 SECTION Leptoceras

Inflorescence photo

Photos by Tripetch P.


Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

partial shade Warm Cool Summer

Common Name The Beaked Habenaria - In China Hui Fang Po Shen - In Thailand Ua Kaem Cham

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in south China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam in forests, forest margins and thickets at elevations of 900 to 2000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with oblong, fleshy tubers giving rise to an erect, terete, glabrous stem carrying 4 to 5, oblong to oblong-lanceolate, acute, amplexicaul based leaves and grading above into 4 to 8, bract-like leaflets that blooms in the summer on an erect, nearly corymbiform, many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, shorter than the ovary, ciliate, aristate apically floral bracts.

This species is very close to H rostellifera but H rosttrata differs mostly in the shorter straight stellida of the flower, in H rostellifera the stelida are longer and at first straight and then upcurved.

Synonyms Habenaria acuifera var. rostrata (Wall. ex Lindl.) Finet 1901; Platanthera rostrata Lindl. ex Wall 1832

References habroseata.htm The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 31 #3 Orchid Genera in Thailand V Orchidoideae Seidenfaden 1977 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; Flora Of Thailand Orchidaceae Vol 12 Part 1 Pedersen, Kurzweil, Suddee & Cribb 2011 drawing/photo fide to the drawing; A Guide to the Orchids of Myanmar Kurzweil & Lwin 2014 photo fide;