AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Beclardia grandiflora Bosser, Adansonia, n.s., 19: 185 (1997).
Description:
Plant erect, 27-30 cm high, with a thick, slightly flattened stem and thick roots. Leaves ca. 10, loriform, conduplicate at the base, flattened above, emarginate at the apex, 27-30 cm long, 3-4 cm wide. Inflorescences to 40 cm long; peduncle with 2 short sheaths, 25 cm long; pedicel with ovary 1.5 cm long. Flowers 10-15, white; sepals oblong, obtuse, 18-24 mm long, 7-9 mm wide; petals spathulate, apiculate, narrow at the base, 22-27 mm long. 14-17 mm wide; lip with 4 rounded lobes, with hyaline hairs on the inner surface in front of the spur entrance, 25-32 mm long, 20-30 mm wide; spur wide at the mouth, funnel-shaped at first, then narrowing to the middle and subcylindric below, 15 mm long.
Habitat:
Epiphyte in humid forests; 900-1000 m.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Notes:
Plants more robust with longer leaves and larger flowers than the following species
Distribution:
E. Madagascar
References:
WCSP (2017). 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. 12.03.2017; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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