Compact Habenaria
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Compact Habenaria
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Compact Habenaria
Botanical name: Habenaria cephalotes    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Plantaginorchis cephalotes

Compact Habenaria is a terrestrial orchid with stem 6-20 cm high. Leaves are 4-5 x 0.8-0.9 cm, oblong-lanceshaped, pointed. Flowers are white, borne in a 4-6 cm long, few flowered raceme, at the top; dorsal sepal 8 x 9 mm, broadly ovate, blunt, hooded, 5-veined; lateral sepals 9 x 10 mm, elliptic, blunt, 5-veined; petals 6 x 2 mm, inverted-lanceshaped, pointed, 1-veined; lip 11 x 9 mm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes, 9 x 4 mm, inverted-lanceshaped, toothed along distal margins; midlobe 5 x 1.5 mm, oblong, pointed; spur 4 cm long, cylindric, blunt. Compact Habenaria is found in Peninsular India. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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