Habenaria rechingeri

Habenaria rechingeri Renz, Pl. Syst. Evol. 155 (1987) 324, fig. 3a-h

Type: Royen, van 5155 (holo L)

Stem almost straight, 50-90 cm long, at the base 4-8-leaved. Leaves erect-patent, elliptic-lanceolate, 20 by 5 cm, narrowed to the base, apex acute to shortly acuminate. Inflorescence racemose, peduncle-scales distant, acuminate; rachis 15-20 cm long, laxly many-flowered. Floral bracts ovate-lanceolate, almost as long as the ovary, apex acuminate. Ovary 1.7-2 cm long, weakly keeled, the keels very minutely ciliate. Flowers erect-patent to patent. Median sepal 0.6-0.65 by 0.5 cm, 3-nerved, mid-vein very minutely ciliate. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate-elliptic, 0.6 by 0.35 cm, deflexed, 3-nerved, glabrous. Petals adhering to the median sepal, entire, linear-lanceolate, somewhat falcate, 0.6 by 0.15 cm, margins very shortly ciliate, apex rather obtuse. Lip 3-lobed just above the base, glabrous, almost cruciform when spread, spurred; lateral lobes straight, lanceolate, 0.4 by 0.08 cm, subacute; mid-lobe linear, fleshy, margins more or less involute, 0.45 cm long, slightly longer than the lateral lobes; spur narrowly cylindrical, strongly incurved, 1.5-1.7 cm long, slightly dilated at the apex. Column 0.3 cm long, obtuse; mid-lobe of rostellum low; stigmatophores short, 0.1 cm long. Anther channels porrect, elongated, 0.3 cm long. (After Renz, 1987).

Colours: Flower light yellowish green.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lowland forest on hills and limestone cliffs.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 347-499M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing terrestrial, keep in shade in humus-rich compost.