Benthamia glaberrima (Ridl.) H.Perrier 1934

Photo by Phillip J Cribb and The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and The Arkive WebPage

Part shade Cool Cold Summer Fall

Common Name The Completely Smooth Benthamia

Flower Size

Found in central Madagascar in grasslands, rocky outcrops and dry scrub at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with fasiculate, oblong-fusiform tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying a single, narrowly linear-lanceolate, acute, slightly gradually attenuate towards the base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, terminal, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, long-acuminate, generally longer than the flower floral bract.

Synonyms Habenaria glaberrima (Ridl.) Schltr. 1915; *Holothrix glaberrima Ridl. 1886; Peristylus glaberrimus (Ridl.) Rolfe 1899; Platanthera glaberrima (Ridl.) Kraenzl. 1899; Rolfeella glaberrima (Ridl.) Schltr. 1924

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