Benthamia monophylla Schltr.1924

Photo by K Senghas and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz


Common Name The One Leafed Benthamia

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

Found in south central and south eastern Madagascar in montane scrub and grassland moss and lichen rich forests or rock crevasses at elevations around 1600 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a single, basal, oblong leaf that blooms in the summer and early fall on a spicate, terminal, erect, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 4 193 to 256 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;