Toothed Habenaria
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Toothed Habenaria
ative Photo: Vanlal Hruaia
Common name: Toothed Habenaria • Mizo: Purundi
Botanical name: Habenaria dentata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Orchis dentata, Habenaria parageniculata, Platanthera dentata

Toothed Habenaria is a medium to large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial orchid. It has a leafy stem carrying oblong-elliptic to ovate-elliptic, pointed or blunt leaves. The plant blooms in the late summer and fall on a terminal, erect, 50-60 cm long, several flowered , raceme. The inflorescence has linear-lanceolate, pointed floral bracts that are longer than the ovary. Toothed Habenaria is found eastern Himalayas, Nepal, western Himalayas, Bhutan, Myanamar, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Ryukyu Islands, China, Taiwan and Japan in open secondary grasslands, in semi-deciduous and deciduous dry lowland forests and savana-like woodlands at elevations of 600-1800 ms.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Mizoram.

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