Comb Habenaria
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Comb Habenaria
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Comb Habenaria
Botanical name: Habenaria pectinata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Orchis pectinata, Kryptostoma pectinatum, Ochyrorchis pectinata

Comb Habenaria is a terrestrial orchid up to 15-30 cm, with oblong, stalkless tuberoids. Stem is stout, angled, leafy in the upper part. Leaves are spreading, ovate-lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, folded, sheathing, up to 8 cm long. Inflorescence is dense, up to 10 cm long. Bracts leaflike, lanceshaped, exceeding flowers, the lower leaf-like. Flowers are white and green, moderately large. Sepals are green, nearly equal - the dorsal one oblong, 1.2-1.5 cm x 7 mm. The lateral sepals are spreading, obliquely oblong-lanceolate, 4-5 mm broad. Petals are white, curved oblong, forming a loose hood with the dorsal sepal, 1.4-1.6 cm x 4-5 mm. Lip is pure white, 3-lobed from a very short undivided basal part. Mlobe linear, straight, 11x2 mm; side-lobes 1.1 cm long, comb-like on the outer margin with up to 7 mm long fringes. Spur is as long as ovary, 1.2-1.5 cm, laterally slightly compressed, blunt. Comb Habenaria is found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Pakistan, western Himalayas and Sikkim, in forests at elevations of 900-3500 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Sirmaur distt, Himachal Pradesh & Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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