Beclardia A.Rich., Mém. Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 4: 69 (1828).
Brachystepis Thouars, Hist. Orchid.: t. 84 (1822), nom. inval.
Stem slightly elongated, very narrow; leaves well developed, very thin; flowers in loose several flowered racemes, sub campanulate slightly irregular and pure white. Sepals and petals free. Labellum wide, sub quadrilobed, rounded or sub truncate basally; spur oriface basal to the column; spur margins wide, then contracted-cylindrical. Column short; auricles absent; rear margins of the clinandrium enlarged into a narrow angle. Rostellum with 2 narrow, long, attenuate-acute lobes. Anther provided with a connective appendage above, and a slightly projecting crest, and in front with a triangular-acute, elongated rostrum; pollina with a single enlarged, attenuate-acute cauda with a single, small, oblong viscidium.
Derivation of name:
Beclardia was named for Augustine Beclard, Professor of Anatomy at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris and plant collector of the early 19th.
Beclardia grandiflora and Beclardia macrostachya are epiphyte in humid and semi-deciduous montane and plateau forest at 900-2000 m.
|Beclardia grandiflora Bosser||Madagascar|
|Beclardia macrostachya (Thouars) A.Rich.||Mascarenes, Madagascar.|
Bibliography and References:
Bosser J. 1997 Contribution a l'etude des Orchidaceae de Madagascar et des Mascareignes: 27. Adansonia 19. (2): 181-188 (1997); Robbins S. 1992 Beclardia macrostachya, a Madagascan orchid for connoisseurs. Orchid Rev. 100. (1183): 168 (1992); World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.kew.org/wcsp/ accessed 12.03.2017