Spreading Flowered Habenaria
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Spreading Flowered Habenaria
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Spreading Flowered Habenaria • Marathi: चिरे हबॆअमरी Chire habe-amri
Botanical name: Habenaria rariflora    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Spreading Flowered Habenaria is a terestrial orchid living on rocks. It grows up to 15-25 cm tall, with 1-2 small, oblong tubers. Alternately arranged, oblong lance-shaped leaves, 5-15 cm long, are clustered at the base. Flowers arise on long peduncles, 5-10 in number, and look scattered as opposed to clustered. Flowers are white, 2-3 cm across and fragrant. Sepals and petals are white, with 1.5-2 cm long lip, which is 3-lobed from the middle. The middle lobe is wider and shorter than the side ones. The flowers have a 2-4 cm long, greenish white, curved spur at the back. Flowering: August.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed at Lohgad Fort, Lonavala, Maharashtra.
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