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There are lot of confusion between this partcular group of Habenaria.
Earlier Habenaria foliosa var. gibsonii and Habenaria foliosa var.
foliosa were two varieties. But then Habenaria gibsoni was formed from
the former which had two varieties, Habenaria gibsonii var. gibsonii
and Habenaria gibsonii var. foetida.
I find Habenaria foliosa; Habenaria gibsonii var. gibsonii and
Habenaria gibsonii var. foetida as three distinct taxa, but Kew has
merged all of them under Habenaria foliosa.
The main difference between gibsonii and foliosa lies in the length of
the two lobes of bipartite lateral petal, where as the prominent
difference in H. g. var. gibsonii and H. g. var. foetida is that of
smell. Foetida smells like :p shit, whereas former has no or better
Other few species allied to above taxa are Habenaria digitata and