Thursday, April 22, 2010

Habenaria species (in situ)


This Habenaria species could be H. elatius but I am not 100% sure.



Flowers aren’t that big, about an inch across. I should probably take measurements when photographing plants in the wild but that’s extra work and takes up more time than we already have when out snapping photos in the field.



A seedling, possibly that of a small shrub or tree, sprouting from a seed that had fallen into the core of a Habenaria plant.



The inflorescence bears several flowers.



Typical habitat of this species of Habenaria. There are two or three plants in the above photo, can you spot them? They grow in pockets of decaying organic matter trapped in crevices in the limestone. Some grow on near-vertical cliffs so photographing them may be quite a challenge.

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