!Megastylis gigas (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1911 Photo by Chesher and New Caledonia Photos .Com Website

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Common Name The Gigantic Megastylis

Flower Size 3.2" [8 cm]

Found in New Caledonia and Vanuatu in rainforests at elevations of 100 to 200 meters as a small to giant sized, hot growing terrestrial with up to eight, distichous from base, narrowly lanceolate, light green leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on an erect, racemose, densely many flowered inflorescence with persistent, ovate bracts and carrying 6 to 30 fragrant flowers

Synonyms *Caladenia gigas Rchb. f. 1877; Lyperanthus gigas (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1905; Lyperanthus sarasinianus Kraenzl. 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 drawing OK; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe Neo-Caledonnienne d'Orchidophilie 1995 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo/drawing fide;