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4. Habenaria furcifera Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 319. 1835. King & Pantl. Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. Calcutta, 8:313. pl. 410. 1898; Hook.f. l.c. 149; R. R. Stewart, l.c. 70.


Plants 30-60 cm tall. Stem sheathed in lower part, with 3-6, large, elliptic, acute, up to 15x5 cm leaves, crowded below the middle, above with appressed linear-lanceolate sheaths. Inflorescence 12-30 cm long, narrowly cylindrical, rather lax. Bracts lanceolate-acuminate, ± as long as ovary. Flowers green; sepals subequal in length; the dorsal ovate-oblong, concave, c.5 mm long, the lateral sepals falcately oblong, usually slightly longer; petals oblong, obtuse, 5-6 x 2 mm. Labellum parted in three, side-lobes filiform, slightly diverging, 9x1 mm, longer than the straight, narrow-lanceolate mid-lobe. Spur slender, longer than ovary, c.20 mm, narrow-cylindrical, conspicuously widened at base. Anther-canals and stigmatic processes short. Ovary glabrous.

Fl. Per.: July-August.

Type: Described from Mussoorie, Royle.

Distribution: From North Western Himalaya to Sikkim, Bhutan and Assam, at lower altitudes (900-1800 m).


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