Deceptive Habenaria
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Deceptive Habenaria
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Deceptive Habenaria
Botanical name: Herminium fallax    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Habenaria fallax, Monorchis fallax, Platanthera fallax, Peristylus fallax

Deceptive Habenaria is a small to medium sized, terrestrial orchid with a small, ellipsoid tuber giving rise to an erect, hairless, leaf borne at middle, bracteate above stem with 2 basal, tubular, overlapping, lanceshaped, tapering-with a tail sheaths and carrying 1 occasionally 2, , pointed , linear to linear-lanceshaped, basally clasping leaves. The plant blooms in the later spring through summer on an erect, at branch-ends, hairless, 2.5 to 10 cm long, laxly few to many flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceshaped to lanceshaped bracts, tapering to with a tail. Flowers are upside down, up to 5 mm long, green with yellow tips of lip and petals. Floral bracts are linear-lanceshaped, 0.5-2 x 0.1-0.2 cm. Dorsal sepals are oblong to ovate-lanceshaped, 2.5 x 1-2 mm, entire, blunt, forming a hood with petals. Lateral sepals are oblong-ovate, 3 x 1-2 mm, blunt, spreading. Petals are oblong-lanceshaped, 2 x 0.8 mm, blunt, weakly sickle shaped, membranous. Lip is 3-lobed; lateral lobes divergent, oblong, blunt; mid-lobe broadly oblong- ovate, rounded, about 3 mm long. Deceptive Habenaria is found from Himalayas to China and N. Myanmar, at altitudes of 2100-4000 m. Flowering:July-August.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Senge, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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