Habenaria khasiana

Habenaria khasiana Hook.f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 6 (1890) 151

Basionym: Habenaria graminea

Leaves c. 3, basal, linear, 7.5-10 by 0.42-0.84 cm, apex acute to acuminate. Inflorescence racemose, 20-30 cm long, peduncle-scales very few, rachis elongated. Floral bracts lanceolate, much shorter than the ovary. Ovary 1.25-1.67 cm long, suberect, curved, shortly pedicellate and beaked. Flowers sweetly fragrant. Median sepal erect, 1.2 cm long, 3-nerved. Lateral sepals deflexed, 1.25 cm long, 3-nerved, narrower than the median sepal; the median sepal and the lateral sepals are in one line. Petals ovate-lanceolate, 1.25 cm long. Lip 3-lobed, much longer than the sepals, spurred; lateral lobes much longer than the mid-lobe, filiform; spur as long as the ovary, rather stout, slightly incurved. Column with very short, broad rostellum; stigmatophores clavate, adnate to the mouth of the spur. Anther broad, thecae almost parallel, anther channels short. Caudicles short, stout; viscidium rather large. Fruit subsessile, fusiform, not beaked. (After Hooker f., 1890).

Colours: Flower yellowish.

Habitat: Terrestrial in grassland.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: New Guinea, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, India (Khasia).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 347-301M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm to intermediate growing terrestrial, prefers light position.