Benthamia perularioides Schltr. 1924

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Part shade Cool Cold EARLIERFall

Common Name The Perularia-Like Benthamia [refers to its similarity with the genus of leafy-stemmed greenish flowered terrestrial orchids with fibrous roots and a bracted spicate inflorescence]

Flower Size

Found in northcentral and central Madagascar in praries at elevations of 1200 to 2500 meters as a medium to just large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 4 to 6 fusiform tubers giving rose to a stem bearing 2 developed, more or less narrowly oblong, shortly acuminate to mucronate leaves below the 7 to 10 lanceolate sheaths above, gradually becoming bracts above that blooms in the earlier fall on an erect, 18" to 26" [45 to 65 cm] long, rachis rigid, to 10" [25 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, very acuminate, lowermost longer than the flower floral bracts and carrying greenish flowers.

Synonyms Benthamia exilis var. tenuissima Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of madagascar Perrier 1939/81;