!Megastylis gigas (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1911 Photo by Chesher and New Caledonia Photos .Com Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of ?

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Common Name The Gigantic Megastylis

Flower Size 3.2" [8 cm]

Found in New Caledonia and Vanuatu in rainforests at elevations of 100 to 200 meters as a small to giant sized, hot growing terrestrial with to eight, distichous from base, narrowly lanceolate, light green leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on an erect, racemose, densely many flowered inflorescence with persistent, ovate bracts and carrying 6 to 30 fragrant flowers

Synonyms *Caladenia gigas Rchb. f. 1877; Lyperanthus gigas (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1905; Lyperanthus sarasinianus Kraenzl. 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen #6 21-24 tafel 7 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing OK; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe Neo-Caledonnienne d'Orchidophilie 1995; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo/drawing fide;

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