Habenaria samoensis F.Muell. & Kraenzl. 1893 SECTION Salaccenses

Photo by Whistler & Cribb


Drawing by Gordon W Dillon

Part shade Hot Cool

Common Name The Samoan Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in Samoa in lowlands and cloud forests at elevations of 200 to 1550 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing terreestrial with an erect stem carrying elliptic-lanceolate to obovate, acuminate leaves at the center of the stem that blooms on a terminal, erect, 10 to 13.2" [25 to 33 cm] long, laxly to subdensly many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying green flowers.

Similar to H superflua but much smaller in all its floral parts and with shorter and broader leaves.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert Speciearum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Band IX Gerrman Samoa Schlechter 1910-11; Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 photo fide