Benthamia nivea Schltr. 1924 Photos courtesy of Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar


Common Name The White Benthamia

Flower Size 3/8 to 4/10" [.9 to 1 cm]

Found in central eastern Madagascar in mossy montane forests at elevations of 2000 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with numerous, fusiform, villous tubers giving rise to a stem enveloped basally by several sheaths and carrying 3 to 4 very distant, oblong-lanceolate, plicate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the later summer on a terminal, cylyndrical, [6 to 13 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Benthamia nivea subsp. parviflora H.Perrier 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide;