Habenaria triplonema

Habenaria triplonema Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 9 (1911) 435

Type: Holtze 979 (holo B, lost)

Terrestrial, erect, 30 cm high. Stem at the base c. 3-leaved. Leaves erect-patent, elliptic or lanceolate-elliptic, acute or apiculate, on both sides glabrous, 6-9 cm long, near the middle 1.3-1.7 cm wide. Inflorescence with a few small, distant, bract-like scales, terete, glabrous, straight; rachis rather densely 8-12-flowered, erect, 7 cm long. Floral bracts erect-patent, lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers erect-patent, glabrous. Median sepal erect, ovate, subacute, 0.5 cm long. Lateral sepals deflexed, obliquely lanceolate-ovate, subacute, as long as the median sepal. Petals erect, obliquely ovate-lanceolate, rather obtusely acuminate, as long as the median sepal. Lip to near the base 3-lobed, lobes filiform; mid-lobe bent-decurved, 0.8 cm long; lateral lobes pendent, 1.4 cm long; spur filiform, pendent, 2.3 cm long, glabrous, in apical fourth slightly widened. Anther emarginate, with short channels; stigmatophores subulate, much longer than the anther channels; rostellum very small triangular. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, at the apex subrostrate, including the short pedicel 1.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911).

Habitat: Terrestrial in lowland grassland.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea), Australia.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea.

Cultivation: Warm growing terrestrial, keep in light position, requires a dry resting period.