Neobathiea grandidierana (Rchb.f.) Garay 1972 Photo courtesy of © Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Tony Watkinson ©

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Common Name Grandidier's Neobathea [French Botanist specialty Madagascar later 1800's]

Flower Size 1 1/2" x 5" [3.75 cm x 12.5 cm]

Found in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands on twigs and branches as a miniature sized, cool growing, monopodial epiphyte at elevations around 1000 to 1500 meters with short stems carrying 4 to 5, ligulate to elliptic, unequally obtusely bilobed apically leaves that produces in the spring a single flower per basal, 3 1/8" to 7 1/8" [8 to 18 cm] long, inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves with deltoid-ovate bracts.

Very commonly sold as Neobathiea filicornu but with the finding that it and Neobathiea grandidierana are synonmonous, N grandiderana takes precedence as Aeranthes grandidierana was described in 1885, more than 40 years earlier than Schlechter's N filicornu.

Synonyms *Aeranthes grandidierana Rchb.f. 1885; Angraecum grandidieranum (Rchb.f.) Carrière 1887; Mystacidium grandidieranum (Rchb.f.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Neobathiea filicornu Schltr. 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 4 1980 photo as N filicornu; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 as N filicornu photo fide; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1981; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide