Habenaria trichoglossa

Habenaria trichoglossa Renz, Pl. Syst. Evol. 155 (1987) 322, fig. 2a-e

Type: Renz 12344 (holo RENZ)

Stem straight, 120 cm long, in upper half 6-10-leaved. Leaves ovate (lower ones) to oblong-lanceolate (upper ones), 15-30 by 3-5 cm, apex acuminate. Inflorescence racemose, peduncle-scales bract-like; rachis 12-15 cm long, densely many-flowered. Floral bracts lanceolate, slightly longer than the ovary, apex acuminate. Ovary shortly pedicellate, glabrous. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, 1.3-1.5 by 0.5-0.6 cm, apex long apiculate, apiculum 0.3-0.4 cm long, papillose-tomentose; median sepal erect, concave. Lateral sepals patent to more or less deflexed. Petals obliquely falcate-lanceolate, 1-1.2 cm long, especially towards the apex papillose-tomentose, at the base with a short tooth or only dilated, apex acuminate. Lip 3-lobed at 0.1 cm above the base, the lobes papillose-tomentose, spurred; lateral lobes narrowly linear, 0.9-1 cm long, acuminate; mid-lobe linear, rather thick, 1-1.3 cm long, acuminate; spur narrowly cylindrical, about as long as the ovary or a little longer, 2-2.5 cm long, dilated at the mouth only, apex rather obtuse. Column 0.4-0.5 cm long, mid-lobe of rostellum triangular, 0.2 cm long; stigmatophores 0.2-0.3 cm long, appressed to the base of the lip, linear-oblong; staminodes rounded, short. Anther obtuse, anther channels 0.2-0.25 cm long, porrect. (After Renz, 1987).

Colours: Flowers green or bluish green.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lower montane forest. Altitude 750-1100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February, May, June, August

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 347-612M.JPG

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