Sobennikoffia humbertiana H.Perrier 1938


Plant and Flowers

Photos by Jay Pfahl

FragrancePart shadeWarm to Cool Spring

Common Name Humbert's Sobennikoffia [French Botanist and Orchid Enthusiast Early 1900's]

Flower Size 1 5/8"

Found only in Madagascar at elevations of 400 to 1200 meters growing among rocks in seasonally dry evergreen forests [morning dew is the main source of water for part of the year] as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or semilithophytic vandanaceous orchid with husky, basal roots and ones to within 5" of the crown, with a stout stem carrying many leathery, longlasting strap shaped leaves with wavy margins that blooms in the spring on a 12" to 16" [30 to 40 cm] long, arching inflorescence with spicy, pleasingly fragrant flowers that turn apricot color with age


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 #7 1969 photo fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 drawing/photo fide; A Culture Manual for Angraecoid Orchid Growers Hillerman 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing good; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;