!Phaius humblotii Rchb.f. 1880 Photo courtesy of © Lourens Grobler

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name Humblot's Phaius [French Orchid Collector - Madagascar 1900's]

Flower Size more than 2" [7.5 cm]

Found in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands at altitudes of 1000 to 2000 meters in wet semi-deciduous forests and mossy forests where it flowers in spring through fall, needing more water in June-Oct while growing. This species is a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with spheric pseudobulbs carrying elliptic-lanceolate, plicate, acute leaves that blooms on an erect, robust, to 3' [90 cm] and more, apical, racemose inflorescence with several to many [7 to 10] flowers opening in succession over a long period.

Synonyms Gastrorchis humblotii [Rchb.f]Schlechter 1925; Gastrorchis humblotii var. rubra (Bosser) Bosser & P.J.Cribb in D.J.Du Puy & al. 1999; Gastrorchis humblotii var. schlechteri (H.Perrier) Senghas ex Bosser & P.J.Cribb 1999; Gastrorchis schlechteri H. Perrier 1930; Gastrorchis schlechterii H. Perrier ex François 1929; Phaius humblotii var. ruber Bosser 1971; Phaius humblotii var. schlechteri (H.Perrier) Bosser 1971; Phaius schlechteri (H. Perrier) Summerh. 1964;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/83 as Gastorchis humboltii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Gastrorchis humblotii; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 43-46 Thuniinae etc 1984 drawing ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 43-46 Thuniinae etc 1984 as Gastrorchis schlechteri photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 1 2004 photo as P schlechteri; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 2 2004 photo as P schlecteri; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo as Gastorchis humblotii; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide as Gastorchis humblotii; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide as Gastorchis humboltii

Phaius humblotii var. schlechteri (H.Perrier) Bosser 1971 Photo by © Alain Petitjean.

Color Variety of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide as Gastorchis humboltii

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