Benthamia nivea Schltr. 1924 Photos courtesy of Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

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Common Name The White Benthamia

Flower Size 3/8 to 4/10" [.9 to 1 cm]

Found in the mossy montane forests of central eastern Madagascar at elevations from 2000 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with numerous, fusiform, villous tubers giving rise to a stem enveloped basally by several sheaths and carrying 3 to 4 very distant, oblong-lanceolate, plicate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the later summer on a terminal, cylyndrical, [6 to 13 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Benthamia nivea subsp. parviflora H.Perrier 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1983; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo

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