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Red Habenaria Orchid

Habenaria rhodocheila & Papilio memnon agenor


Tuberous terrestrial orchid. Pink, orange and yellow forms exist but all the plants in this population were carmine red.


Seen in good sized populations around waterfalls, from full sun to fairly deep shade, nearly always growing in crevices (in rock, trees, cracks in paving etc) but also rarely as lithophytes, growing on rocks with their roots and tubers totally exposed as in the 3rd photo.


The butterfly in the first photo is a male Great Mormon - Papilio memnon agenor. Amazingly, this seems to be the first published record of a pollinator for this orchid. The flowers do seem attractive to other Lepidoptera and I would be very interested if anyone else has witnessed pollination occuring.

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craigwilliams 11 years ago

Thanks Alice & Leuba! This was one of the highlights of that year for me!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Very interesting information. The flowers look like Lepitopterans themselves !

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

Interesting material!

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เชียงใหม่, Lampang, Thailand

Spotted on Sep 4, 2010
Submitted on Jan 12, 2012

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