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Benzingia caudata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
Subtribe: Zygopetalinae
Genus: Benzingia
Type species
Benzingia hirtzii

Ackermania Dodson & R.Escobar, illegitimate

Benzingia is a genus of flowering plants from the orchid family, Orchidaceae. It is native to mountains of Central America and northwestern South America from Costa Rica to Peru.[1][2]


As of May 2012 nine species are recognized:[1]

  1. Benzingia caudata (Ackerman) Dressler – Peru (Cordillera del Cóndor), Ecuador
  2. Benzingia cornuta (Garay) Dressler - Colombia, Ecuador
  3. Benzingia estradae (Dodson) Dodson - Ecuador
  4. Benzingia hajekii (D.E.Benn. & Christenson) Dressler – Peru
  5. Benzingia hirtzii Dodson - Ecuador (Esmeraldas)
  6. Benzingia jarae (D.E.Benn. & Christenson) Dressler – Peru
  7. Benzingia palorae (Dodson & Hirtz) Dressler - Colombia, Ecuador
  8. Benzingia reichenbachiana (Schltr.) Dressler - Costa Rica, Panama
  9. Benzingia thienii (Dodson) P.A.Harding - Ecuador

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Benzingia", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2012-05-15
  2. ^ Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2009). Epidendroideae (Part two). Genera Orchidacearum 5: 1-585. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

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