8 responses to “Habenaria medusa”

  1. Linda Bush

    As I scrolled down I thought I saw a bird!! Beautiful!

  2. Nadia

    Beautiful flower

  3. Trella Hastings

    Amazing orchid! Since the photo is from one in Sweden, I can pretty much assume it doesn’t grow wild there. In the botanical garden there, I would think it has to grow in a building? The winters are severe in Sweden to be in a garden outside. Even in China it can get really cold, but maybe not in the part there where it is found? I know nothing about the climate in Indonesia.

    1. Pygge

      As I am living in Sweden I can tell you that it’s not wild here, sadly. I’d love to have one – even potted indoors. I’m sure, 100% sure, it must live indoors. Our wild orchids are more ‘robust’. We have very few fancy ones and none even close to this one. A lot of the nicer Swedish orchids (but certainly not all) are also growing where it’s fairly wet, so transplanting them to our gardens is not something we often do (or should even try to do, since it’s rarely successful, from what I’ve heard). I leave our orchids alone in the wild and visit them instead, something I wish more people, in Sweden, would do. Many species are very rare and getting rarer fast. Buying commercially bred orchids is fine though, of cause, but few Swedish species can be found for sale and growing them from seed can be tricky .
      This photo was taken in the Gothenburg Botanical Garden, a nice biggish one – by Swedish standards (but certainly not our only Botanical garden) and most likely in a greenhouse.
      Talking about our climate – Swedish winters can be pretty cold, but they can be fairly wet and mild too. We have a coastal climate, so plants that thrive in, for example Switzerland (also with cold winters, but with an inland climate and warmer summers), might not like it here at all. To add to that – the days here are long in the summer and short in the winter, something that every veggie grower here can tell you makes some plants freak out and flower way to early. Just as you guessed some Chinese plants grow well here, but it depends on what part of China they come from.

  4. Pat Collins

    The medusa the name refers to is surely the jellyfish rather than the snake-haired titan of Greek myth. See Euphorbia caput-medusae for a plant clearly named after the mythical snaky dreadlocks.

    The plant was described first in German by F.W.L. Kraenzlin. As far as I can see the German words “qualle” and “meduse” are both commonly used for jellyfish. In English “medusa” is very rarely used compared to jellyfish. I’ll have none of this nonsense from jargonauts that they are not classified by biologists as fish so they can’t be called fish. If you want to torture a taxonomist ask them to define “fish”, it has no formal definition. We are talking in English not an artificial taxonomic language so you can pry button fish, crayfish, shellfish, silverfish and starfish from my cold, dead typing fingers.

    So “Jellyfish habenaria” or “Jellyfish orchid”?

  5. Danae Yurgel

    However work is going, I know if I open to the Botany Photo of the Day, I’ll find myself smiling – often in awe and amazement at the pure beauty, sometimes in delight at learning a new word (phalaenophily) or interesting fact … (medusa as a word for jellyfish …) … THANK YOU.

  6. Lynn Wohlers

    What a beauty! Thank you (and Mats) for this.

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