Sobennikoffia humbertiana H.Perrier 1938

Photo by Tony Watkinson and the Species Orchid Society of Western Australia

Flower Closeup

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Fred Hillerman

FragrancePart shadeWarm to Cool Spring

Common Name Humbert's Sobennikoffia [French Botanist and Orchid Enthusiast Early 1900's]

Flower Size 1 5/8"

Found only in Madagascar at elevations of 400 to 1200 meters growing among rocks in seasonally dry evergreen forests [morning dew is the main source of water for part of the year] as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or semilithophytic vandanaceous orchid with husky, basal roots and ones to within 5" of the crown, with a stout stem carrying many leathery, longlasting strap shaped leaves with wavy margins that blooms in the spring on a 12" to 16" [30 to 40 cm] long, arching inflorescence with spicy, pleasingly fragrant flowers that turn apricot color with age


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 #7 1969 photo fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; An Introduction to the Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 drawing/photo fide; A Culture Manual for Angraecoid Orchid Growers Hillerman 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing good; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;