Sobennikoffia humbertiana H.Perrier 1938 Photo courtesy of Tony Watkinson and the Species Orchid Society of Western Australia

Flower Closeup

Photos by Lourens Grobler

FragrancePart shadeWarm to Cool Spring

Common Name Humbert's Sobennikoffia [French Botanist and Orchid Enthusiast [Early 1900's]

Flower Size 1 5/8"

Found only in Madagascar at elevations of 400 to 1200 meters growing among rocks in seasonally dry evergreen forests [morning dew is the main source of water for part of the year] as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or semilithophytic vandanaceous orchid with husky, basal roots and ones to within 5" of the crown, with a stout stem carrying many leathery, longlasting strap shaped leaves with wavy margins that blooms in the spring in the Northern Hemisphere on a 12" to 16" [30 to 40 cm] long, arching inflorescence with spicy, pleasingly fragrant flowers that turn apricot color with age


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1936/81; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; 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