Tuesday 24 January 2017

Habenaria yookuaaensis: A new species of Bog Orchid from Oaxaca State, Mexico.

Bog Orchids, Habenaria spp., are an extremely large group of Orchids found in temperate and tropical regions on all continents except Antarctica. They are perennials, producing a plant 20-80 cm in height, with white, yellow or green flowers during the growing season, that dies back to an underground tuberous root during the non-growing season. 

In a paper published in the journal Phytotaxa on 20 January 2017, María Isabel Mejía-Marín, Adolfo Espejo-Serna, and Ana Rosa López-Ferrari of the Herbario Metropolitano at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Iztapalapa and Rolando Jiménez-Machorro of the Herbario AMO, descibe an new species of Bog Orchid from Oaxaca State in Mexico.

The new species is named Habenaria yookuaaensis, which means 'place of red soil' the Mixtec name for San Juan Colorado, the municipality where the Orchid was discovered. It forms erect plants 35-42 cm in height, with 8-11 leaves and green flowers produced in September.

Habenaria yookuaaensis, growing plant. Mejía-Marín et al. (2017).

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