Anacheilium bennettii [Christ] Withner & Harding 2004 Photo courtesy of Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page


Common Name Bennett's Anacheilium [Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast Current]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Peru iun wet montane forests on rocks, or on red clay, loam soil with organic litter at elevations of 2000 to 4150 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or lithophytic species with elongate, cylindric, lightly compressed, slender pseudobulb that is basally enveloped by 2 to 3 sheathings that cover more than the lower half and carrying 2 to 3 clasping, narrowly oblong leaves which flowers in the late summer and fall on an apical, erect, 8.8" [22 cm] long, racemose inflorescence, arising on a mature pseudobulb, that is just longer than the leaves and having minute floral bracts.

The several small spreading flowers are held opposing each other. This species comes from an area with reduced rainfall and relies on dews to survive.

Synonyms *Encyclia bennettii Christenson 1994; Prosthechea bennettii (Christenson) W.E.Higgins 1997 publ. 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum plate 236 Bennett & Christenson 1995 as Encyclia bennetii drawing not; *The Cattleyas and Their Relatives; The Debateable Epidendrum Withner and Harding 2004 photo not ; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014 as Encyclia bennettii