Long-Horned Habenaria
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Long-Horned Habenaria
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Long-Horned Habenaria
Botanical name: Habenaria longicornu    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Habenaria montana, Plantaginorchis longicornu

Long-Horned Habenaria is a terrestrial orchid with stem 10-40 cm tall. Leaves are up to 12 x 2.5 cm, clustered towards the middle of the stem, linear-oblong, lanceshaped, pointed or long-pointed. Flowering stem is up to 25 cm tall. Flowers are up to 8, 2.5 cm across, bracts shorter than the 2.5 cm long ovary, sepals ovate, pointed, petals linear-oblong, narrower, lip 3-partite, side lobes 1.2 x 0.5 cm, wedge-shaped, tip obliquely flat, frilly, mid-lobe linear, shorter. Spur is up to 10 cm long, tip club-shaped. Long-Horned Habenaria is found in Peninsular India. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed at Nandi Hills, Karnataka.

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