Benthamia flavida Schltr. 1916

Photo by G Gilles and his Paleo-orchid WebPage

Part shade Cool Cold Summer Fall

Common Name The Yellowish Benthamia

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in north and central Madagascar in humid peat bogs at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with numerous oblong tubers giving rise to a stem carrying 4 to 5, near the center, linear to lanceolate-linear, acute leaves and then several sheaths above that grade smaller above that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, terminal, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, somewhat dense, in an interupted spiral, many flowered inflorescence with narrow, lanceolate-linear, mostly longer than the pedicel floral bracts

Synonyms Benthamia perrieri Schltr. 1916;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo good; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 as B cinnabarina photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;