Habenaria micholitziana

Habenaria micholitziana Kraenzl., Orchid. Gen. Sp. 1 (1901) 233

Type: Micholitz s.n. (II-1895, SE New Guinea) (holo B, lost)

Tuber not seen. Stem 75 cm long, from the base to near the middle with 3-4 long, acuminate cataphylls, 7-8-leaved near the middle of the stem, leaves crowded. Leaves ovate-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, apex acuminate. Inflorescence racemose, peduncle-scales numerous, acuminate, bract-like; rachis 20 cm long, densely many-flowered. Floral bracts lanceolate, as long as the ovary, apex acuminate. Median sepal ovate, 1.5 cm long, concave, apex acuminate. Lateral sepals 1.5 cm long, deflexed, apex acuminate. Petals bilobed, 1.5-1.8 cm long, dorsal lobe linear, somewhat wider at the base, a little longer than the median sepal, frontal lobe longer than the dorsal lobe. Lip 3-lobed at the base, spurred; lateral lobes filiform; mid-lobe filiform, longer than the lateral lobes, 2 cm long; spur as long as the ovary, 2.5 cm long, slightly sigmoid, in basal 2/3 filiform, in apical 1/3 abruptly inflated, almost foot-shaped in lateral view, when dried with a dorsal groove. Column with distinctly triangular rostellum, stigmatophores and anther channels equally long and as long as the rather long anther. (After Kraenzlin, 1901).

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Not recorded, probably terrestrial in lowland forest.

Flowering time in the wild: February.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea.

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