Benthamia verecunda Schltr. 1924

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Deep shade Warm Spring

Common Name The Insignificant Benthamia

Flower Size .16 to .18" [4 to 4.5 mm] long

Found in northern Madagascar in mossy forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with 2 oblong-fusiform tubers giving rise to a 2 to 3, basally sheathed stem carrying 2, above the middle, distant, acute to acuminate, lanceolate-ligulate, obviously and gradually attenuate basally leaves taht blooms in the fall on an erect, elongateed, to 12" [30 cm] long, loosely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, very acuminate longer than the flowers floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018;