!Benthamia chlorantha (Spreng.) Garay & G.A.Romero 1998

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Plant and Flowers in situ Reunion

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Common Name The Green Blooming Benthamia

Flower Size

Found in Mauritius and Reunion as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial that blooms in the mid winter, spring, summer and early fall on a terminal, erect, loosely many flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION : I am not sure of this determination. I do not have proper references to key this one out. It was sent in as Benthamia latifolia from Mauritius but does not match drawings of B bathieana [one of the current names for B latifolia Schlechter] by Perrier and I have no drawings for B chlorantha [the other current name for B latifolia A Rich.] so I have left it here for more information.

Synonyms Benthamia latifolia A.Rich. 1828; Habenaria chlorantha Spreng. 1826; Habenaria latifolia (A.Rich.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Herminium latifolium (A.Rich.) Lindl. 1832; Peristylus latifolius (A.Rich.) Lindl. 1835; Satyrium latifolium Thouars 1822

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Satyrium latifolium drawing hmm; *Harvard Papaers in Botany Vol 3 # 1 53 Schedulae Orchidum I Garay 1998; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001