Habenaria novaehiberniae

Habenaria novaehiberniae Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 79

Type: Schlechter 14698 (holo B, lost)

Roots villose, swollen, sometimes fusiform. Stem erect, almost straight, 50-60 cm long, lower half covered with cataphylls clasping the stem, about halfway with c. 6 leaves arranged in a rosette. Leaves erect-patent to patent, rhombic-lanceolate, 10-15 by 2-2.5 cm, thin-textured, apex acuminate. Inflorescences racemose, laxely 10-20-flowered. Floral bracts erect-patent, lanceolate, apex acuminate, a little shorter than the ovary. Pedicel and ovary a little longer than the spur, subfusiform, glabrous. Flowers resupinate, c. 1 cm across. Dorsal sepal oblong, 0.6 cm long, strongly concave, apex narrowly obtuse. Lateral sepals deflexed, obliquely lanceolate, 0.6 cm long, apex narrowly obtuse. Petals bilobed, posterior lobe lanceolate, about as long as the median sepal, acute, anterior lobe from a linear base filiform-elongated, almost twice as long as the posterior lobe. Lip 3-lobed, spurred; lateral lobes filiform, about twice as long as the mid-lobe; mid-lobe linear, 0.6 cm long, narrowly obtuse; spur subclavate, fusiform, 0.9-1 cm long, subacute. Stigmatophores as long as the antherchannels, obtuse. Anther erect, antherchannels ascending. (After Schlechter, 1905).

Colours: Flower greenish.

Habitat: Terrestrial in leaf-litter in hill and lower montane forest. Altitude 450-1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May-July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 347-412M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm-intermediate growing terrestrial, keep in shade.