Neobathiea hirtula H.Perrier 1938 Drawing by Karl Senghas The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Collection sheet Photo courtesy of JSTOR Plant Science Website

Part ShadeLATESpring EARLYsummer

Common Name The Hairy Neobathiea [refers to the upper lobes of the lip being hairy]

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in northern Madagascar in humid woodlands and semi-deciduous forests as a small sized epiphytic orchid with a short stem carrying 4 to 8, oblanceolate, narrowing from near the apex to the base, acute, undulate margins, becoming conduplicate towards the clasping base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, axillary, 5.2 to 8 " [13 to 20 cm] long, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with rigid floral bracts

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1938/81; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide

Neobathiea hirtula var. floribunda H.Perrier ex Hermans 2007

A robust form of the previous species and can grow to 12" [30 cm] tall, has larger leaves to 4.4" [11cm] long, and has larger flowers as well as blooming in the fall

Synonyms Neobathiea hirtula var. floribunda H.Perrier 1938;

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