Habenaria tridactylites Lindl. 1835 SECTION Tridactylae Kraenzl. TYPE for this section

Plant and Flowers in situ Photos courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Terrestrial Websites


Common Name The Three Fingered Habenaria

Flower Size

Found in the Canary Islands in full to moderate sun on moist to damp slighly acidic soils in fissures on cliffs or mossy, rocky slopes in open woodlands and on old terraces at elevations up to 1400 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with an erect, leafless stem with 2 to 3 basal, near-erect to spreading, oblong-lanceolate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the mid-fall through winter on a terminal, erect, lax, cylindrical, 2 to 12 flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Orchis tridactylites (Lindl.) Webb & Berthel. 1847

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 photo fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973 photo fide; Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East Delforge 2005 photos fide