Benthamia madagascariensis (Rolfe) Schltr. 1916

Collection sheet by Scott Elliot


Drawing by Perrier

Deep shade Hot LATEFall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Madagascar Benthamia

Flower Size

Found in eastern and southern Madagascar in humid bare spots at elevations of sea level to 500 meters as a medium sized, hot growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying 3 to 4, in the lower half, linear leaves with 3 to 4, narrow sheaths above that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, rachis 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, very densely many flowered inflorescence carrying narrow, very acute floral bracts

Synonyms Habenaria madagascariensis (Rolfe) Schltr. 1899; *Holothrix madagascariensis Rolfe 1891; Peristylus macropetalus Finet 1911; Peristylus madagascariensis (Rolfe) Rolfe 1899; Platanthera madagascariensis (Rolfe) Kraenzl. 1899

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 photo fide;