Habenaria sceptrophora Garay 1978 TYPE Drawing by Dalstrom & Dodson

Partial Sun Cold Fall

Common Name The Sceptre-Like Inflorescence Habenaria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Loja Ecuador in upper elevation grasslands at elevations around 2000 to 2400 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem enveloped by foliate sheaths and carrying basal sheathing, graduating larger above to mid stem, graduating smaller above, thin, suberect, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, acute to subacuminateleaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, peduncle to 4" [10 cm] long, unornamented, 10" [25 cm] long ovarall, rachis to 6" [15 cm] long, cylindric, sceptre-like, several to many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, erect, as long as the flowers floral bracts and carrying green, glabrous flowers.

Distinguished by the cauline, not grass-like leaves, the entire petalspointed apically and the spur equal to the ovary, longre than the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Ecuador 9(225: 1): 38 Garay 1978 drawing fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 503 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol 1 Szlachetko & Kolanowska 2017 drawing fide;