AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Beclardia A.Rich., Mém. Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 4: 69 (1828).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Brachystepis Thouars, Hist. Orchid.: t. 84 (1822), nom. inval.
Description:
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.
Habitat:
Beclardia grandiflora and Beclardia macrostachya are epiphyte in humid and semi-deciduous montane and plateau forest at 900-2000 m.
Distribution:
Madagascar, Mascarenes
Species:

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