Habenaria baeuerlenii

Habenaria baeuerlenii F.Muell. & Kraenzl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 17 (1893) 488 ('bauerleni')

Type: Baeuerlen s.n. (N. Guinea, Strickland R.) (holo B, lost)

Roots fleshy, fusiform. Stem erect, terete, 40-60 cm by 4-5 mm, at the base several-leaved. Leaves lanceolate, erect-patent, 17-22 by 2.2-3 cm, apex acute. Inflorescence racemose, 10-15 cm long, rather laxely many-flowered. Floral bracts foliaceous, lanceolate, erect-patent, as long as or shorter than the ovary, apex acuminate. Pedicel with ovary subcylindric, 1.5-1.8 cm long. Flowers resupinated, c. 1 cm wide. Dorsal sepal ovate, 0.5 cm by 3 mm, concave, apex narrowly obtuse. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate, about as long as the median sepal but a little wider, apex narrowly obtuse. Petals linear-subfalcate, forming a hood together with the median sepal, 0.5 cm long, apex obtuse. Lip 3-lobed, spurred; lateral lobes cuneate-rhomboid, 0.5 cm long, at apex 3 mm wide; mid-lobe linear, obtuse, 0.3 cm long; spur cylindric, slightly thickened towards the apex, 1.2 cm long. Column with subtriangular, obtuse rostellum, stigmatophores short, oblong, obtuse, hardly longer than the anther channels. Anther channels short. (After Schlechter, 1905; as Habenaria chloroleuca Schltr.)

Colours: Sepals greenish, petals and lip pure white.

Habitat: Terrestrial in leaf-litter in hill and lower montane forest. Altitude 400-1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, February, June, July.

Distribution: Celebes, Moluccas, New Guinea.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 347-36M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.