Single Leaved Habenaria
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Single Leaved Habenaria
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Single Leaved Habenaria, Large flowered Habenaria • Marathi: आषाढ हबेअमरी Ashadh habe-amri, चिचुरकांदा Chichurkanda, चिकरकांदा Chikarkanda
Botanical name: Habenaria grandifloriformis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

In the open high altitude grasslands, Single Leaved Habenaria enchantingly allures the onlookers with its pure white flowers against the green wild grass. The leaf, usually only one, heart shaped and rounded, lies flat on the ground. Flowers are white in 1-5 bundles with bilobed petals. Lip with 3 narrow lobes having spur longer than the ovary. It is a terrestrial herb, growing to 12 cm high. Tuber solitary, 1.8 x 1 cm, ovoid. It is one of the first flowering herbs to appear at the onset of monsoons. Flowering: June-July.

Photographed in Maharashtra.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale • Is this flower misidentified? If yes,