Megastylis paradoxa (Kraenzl.) N.Halle 1977 Photo by Dominique Garnier and The Endemia New Caledonia Website

Postage stamp Postage scan by Pierre Guertin and his The Herbier Philatelique Pierre Guertin Website


Common Name The Paradoxical Megastylis [refers to its tenuous position within the genus Phaius]

Flower Size 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in southeastern New Caledonia on a single mountain in grassy scrublands between serpentine rocks at elevations of 1350 to 1600 meters as a robust medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with 2 to 6 green, denticulate margined with black teeth, acute leaves that blooms in the later spring and summer on an erect, to 44" [110 cm] long, to 25 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Lyperanthus humboldtianus Guillaumin 1953; *Phaius paradoxus Kraenzl. 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ' Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; Orchidees Indigenes de Nouvelle Caledonie Societe Neo Caledonienne D'Orchidophile 1995 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001 ;