Benthamia praecox Schltr. 1916

Plant drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter, Plant Drawing by Perrier

Part shade Cool LATEWinterSpring

Common Name The Early Blooming Benthamia

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in on bare granite boulders at elevations of 1000 to 1400 meters as a small sized, cool growing lithophyte with 5 to 7, stipitate, oblong-claviform, villis tubers giving rise to acuminate-aristate leaves that are not developed at blooming, that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, to 12" [30 cm] long, with a few bractiform sheaths, rachis to 6" [15 cm] long, elongate, very densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate-linear, very acute, slightly longer than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying small, greenish brown flowers.


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