!Megalorchis regalis (Schltr.) H.Perrier 1936 publ. 1937 Drawing by Perrier de Bathie and The Botanicus Website

Part shade Cool Spring

Common Name The Regal Megalorchis

Flower Size .3" [.75 cm]

Found in north and northwestern Madagascar in mossy montane forests at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a large to giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with stout, hairy, fleshy roots giving rise to an erect leafy stem carrying 12 to 15, elliptic-ligulate, acuminate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, to 16" [to 40 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence carrying large, fleshy, white, glabrous flowers.

Synonyms Habenaria regalis Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Specierum Nova. Regni Vegetabilis Band 33 Schlechter 1925 as Habenaria regalis' Flora of Madagascar Perrier de Bathie 1939/85 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide