Benthamia humbertii H.Perrier 1934

TYPE Collection sheet by Humbert


Drawing by Perrier

Deep shade CoolLATER Spring

Common Name Humbert's Benthamia [French Orchid Collector in Africa and Madagascar earlier 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Madagascar at elevations of 1200 to 2000 meters as a medium to large sized , cool growing terretrial with numerous fusiform tubers giving rise to a thick stem with 2 to 3 very loose, in the lower half sheaths the upper 2 blackish externally, then above carrying 2 to 3, very thick, widely oval-lanceolate, acuminate-acute leaves grading above into the bracts above that blooms in the later spring on an erect, rachis eplongate, 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long, cylindrical, densely many flowered inflorescence with narrowly lanceolate, acuminate-acute, single veined, slightly longer than the flowers floral bracts and carrying greenish-yellow, thick, short flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018;