Neobenthamia gracilis

Neobenthamia gracilis 

Neobenthamia gracilis                                                                                                                                                   photo C. Solimbergo
taxonomy described by Rolfe, Robert Allen
  published in      The Gardners' Chronicle & Agricultural Gazette  10 : 272    1891
  family Orchidaceae
  subfamily Epidendroideae
  tribe Vandeae
  subtribe Polistachyinae
  genus Neobenthamia  Rolfe 1891

C3 pathway, stomata of the leaves are open during the day.


(K.Silvera, L.S. Santiago, J.C. Cushman, K. Winter - International Symposium on Plant Biology, August 2013)


soluble mineral nutriens are effective both, foliar or on the roots.

native of origins moist forests or on exposed rocks in full sun, on Vellonzia scrubs, in Tanzania (Mt. Nguru, Uluguru and  
    Uasagara, Dodoma, Mpwapwa, Morogoro, Mt. Nguru, Manyangu Fore, Lupanga forest, Liwale River,

Mvomeno, Tanga, Kilndi, Mt. Kanga, Maskati, Mt. Tanga Handeni Nyogi, Mkombola, Dar-es-Salam,


Nsagara), Uganda (Lauralin)

  altitude 400 - 2000 m  (1320 - 6600 ft)

climate informations from Dodoma (Dodoma, Tanzania)


Köppen climate classification : Bsh, steppe hot-dry climate


the weather station data (temperatures are calculated for an altitude of 1300 m / 4300 ft) :

    Neobenthamia gracilis b gr uk
  photoperiod in Dodoma this orchid blooms with a photoperiod, which varies during the year, from 12 h 24 m' to 11 h 36 m'
  life form geophyte, litophyte or epiphyte
  brightness     sunny to full sun
inflorescence     length 12 - 16 cm  (4.8" - 6.4"), apical
  nr flowers 40 - 60, fragrants
  size single flower  1.5 L 1.2 cm  (0.6" L 0.48") - inflorescence Ø 7 cm (2.8")
  duration inflorescence120 - 150 days
  time to bloom from birth, ≈ 90 - 110 days
CITES appendix  II  

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