Benzingia estradae (Dodson) Dodson 1995 Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Flower Head On Photo by Ecuagenera Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Another View Photo by Katia Seagull and Her Orchid Web Site

Full shadeWarm to Cool Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning Estrada's Benzingia [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in southwestern Ecuador in very wet montane forests at elevations of 600 to 1100 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect stem enveloped by several distichous, erect to spreading, articulated to the conduplicate sheaths, narrowly obovate, acute leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on an axillary, nodding to pendant, 2.8" [7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with 2 to 3 small bracts.

Synonyms *Chondrorhyncha estradae Dodson 1980

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 22 Dodson 1980 as Chondrorhyncha estradae drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; *Lindleyana 10(2): 74. 1995; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide