Benthamia nigrescens Schltr. 1916 Photo by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website

Plant and Flowers in situ Reunion Photo by © Orchids of Reunion website

LATER EARLY

Common Name The Dark Benthamia

Flower Size .22" [6mm]

Found in Reunion and Madagascar on shaded mossy trees and rocks at elevations of 1700 to 2400 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte and lithophyte with numerous narrow tubers giving rise to a stem bearing 2 to 3, above the base, distant, lanceolate, acute sheaths that become gradually smaller above and with oblong-lanceolate, attenuate-acute apically leaves that blooms in the spring through early fall on an erect, cylindrical, to 6" [15 cm] long, very dense, numerous flowered inflorescence with linear, as long to much longer than the flower floral bracts with the flowers becoming smaller in length towards the base

Synonyms Benthamia nigrescens subsp. borbonica H.Perrier 1934; Benthamia nigrescens subsp. humblotiana H.Perrier 1934; Benthamia nigrescens subsp. decaryana H.Perrier 1934; Benthamia nigrescens subsp. secundiflora H.Perrier 1934; Benthamia nigrescens subsp. typica H.Perrier 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939/85; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009

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