Habenaria distans


Cat. Pl. Cub., 270. 1866.

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 582. Mentioned on page 581.

Plants terrestrial, erect, 14–33 cm. Leaves in basal rosette, abruptly reduced to bracts along stem; blade wide-spreading, often lying on soil surface, broadly elliptic to ovate or obovate, 6–15 × 2–5 cm. Inflorescences: floral bracts ascending to appressed, lance-acuminate, 10–25 × 3–7 mm. Flowers ascending, not showy; sepals greenish; dorsal sepal descending-reflexed, concave, 5–9 × 4–6 mm; lateral sepals descending-reflexed, 5–10 × 2–3 mm; petals greenish, lamina ascending, falcate, 6–9 × 1 mm, lateral lobe spreading, filiform, ± equal to petal; lip greenish, middle lobe descending, linear, 7–11 × 1 mm, lateral lobes ascending-spreading, filiform, 8–15 mm; spur slenderly club-shaped, 10–17 mm; ovaries 10–15 mm. Capsules on short pedicels, nearly erect, 1–1.5 cm × 5 mm.

Phenology: Flowering Aug–Sep.
Habitat: Dense, moist hardwood forests
Elevation: 0–10 m


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Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America (Venezuela).


Selected References


Lower Taxa