Megastylis paradoxa (Kraenzl.) N.Halle 1977 Photo by Dominique Garnier and The Endemia New Caledonia Website

Postage stamp Postage scan by Pierre Guertin and his The Herbier Philatelique Pierre Guertin Website

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Common Name The Paradoxical Megastylis [refers to its tenuous position within the genus Phaius]

Flower Size 1.6 t o2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in sotheastern New Caledonia on a single mountain in grassy scrublands between serpentine rocks at elevations of 1350 to 1600 meters as a robust medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with 2 to 6 green, denticulate margined with black teeth, acute leaves that blooms in the later spring and summer on an erect, to 44" [110 cm] long, to 25 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Lyperanthus humboldtianus Guillaumin 1953; *Phaius paradoxus Kraenzl. 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidees Indigenes de Nouvelle Caledonie Societe Neo Caledonienne D'Orchidophile 1995 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 41 2001;

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