Benthamia elata Schltr. 1918

Photo by Rick Burian and The Orchid Conservation Alliance Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Deep shade Warm Cool Winter EARLIER Spring

Common Name The Beautiful Benthamia

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in south central Madagascar at elevations of 750 to 1200 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying in the lower half, 5 to 6, narrowly ligulate to oblanceolate, acuminate-obtuse, leaves and 4 to 6, lanceolate-acuminate sheaths above that blooms in the winter and earlier spring on an erect, [30 to 37.5 cm] long, rachis to 8" [20 cm] long, cylindrical, elongated, densely many flowered inflorescence with narrowly acuminate, slightly longer than the flowers floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;