||This genus is largely a pantropical collection of some 600 species of which only one is represented in Europe.
The typical characteristics of this genus include 1. a pair of tapering tubers. 2. the
three strap like lobes that divide the lip. 3. a hood formed by the
dorsal sepal and petals. 4. a pair of large oval basal leaves. 5.
generally greenish flowers. 6. a spur is present. 7. spreading lateral
H. tridactylities is a
rare orchid endemic to the Canary Islands, predominantly on the western
side of the archipelago where it is considered to be a survivor of an
old Atlantic flora. It's primary habitat is amongst the scrub layer of
Laurel forests which are fast disappearing and as a consequence contributing to the decline of this species.