Benzingia reichenbachiana (Schltr.) Dressler 2005 Photo by Patricia Harding

Part shadeWarmTo CoolWinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name Reichenbach's Benzingia [German Orchidologist 1800's]

Flower Size 3 1/4" [8 cm]

Found in Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica in premontane rain forests on shady tree trunks and lower branches at elevations of 700 to 1400 meters as a pendant growing, fan-shaped, miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte without pseudobulbs carrying elliptic-lanceolate, very dark, gray green, conduplicate at the base leaves that blooms throughout the year on a somewhat pendant, axillary, short, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature growth.

Synonyms *Chondrorhyncha reichenbachiana Schltr. 1921; Zygopetalum lamellatum Rchb.f ?;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17: 15. 1921 Chondrorhyncha reichenbachiana; *Lankesteriana 5(2): 93-94. 2005; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 as Chondrorhyncha reichenbachianaphoto not ; Die Orchideen lieferung 26 Schlechter/Brieger 1992 as Chondrorhyncha reichenbachiana drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1412 Mora & Atwood 1992 as Chondrorhyncha reichenbachiana drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 5 1997 drawing; Manual De Plantas de Costa Rica Volumen 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing good; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 as Chondrorhyncha reichenbachiana photo not = ?; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo as Chondrorhyncha reichenbachiana drawing/photo ok; Huntleyas and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide

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