AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Benthamia herminioides Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 33: 27 (1924).
Synonyms:

Benthamia herminioides subsp. typica H.Perrier, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 81: 36 (1934), nom. inval.
Description:

Plants terrestrial very small (20 cm tall generally) blackish when dried; stem bearing 3 elliptical lanceolate or lanceolate leaves in its lower half, (nearly 5 x 2.5 cm), shortly acuminate unobviously and slightly attenuate toward the base. Inflorescence loose, 5-8 cm tall, 15-20 flowered, flowers white and small (a slight 3 mm without the pedicel); bracts lanceolate acuminate Sepals oblong-obtuse 1 veined, 2.75 mm long. Petals veined, very obtuse, gradually thickened toward the apex, slightly shorter than the sepals Labellum of a rhomboid contour (2.75 x 2.5 mm), slightly concave basally, trilobed in the upper third, median lobe triangular acute thick, twice as long as the laterals which are very obtuse and thickened apically, spur very short, saccate subglobulous and slightly claviform. Anther apiculate; staminodes auriculiform to half the length of the anther. Rostellum with its median lobe triangular acute Stigmas in small cushions, free and apical. Pedicel 4 mm long, twisted but straight
Habitat:

On rocks, from 2000 m alt. flowering: February.
Distribution:

Madagascar