Neobenthamia gracilis is a graceful bamboo like orchid from the mountains of south-eastern Africa. It produces dense clusters of pristine white flowers 2cm across, with a yellow stripe on the lip which is flanked by purple spots. Flowers are formed in dense clusters at the top of the canes and each flower lasts for several weeks. They are produced in succession from Autumn through to Spring and have a faint minty fragrance.
When not in flower this plant looks remarkably like a bamboo. It grows up to 1.2m tall and has arching leaves in two ranks up the stem. Plants grown under cooler/brighter conditions and with a high potash fertiliser will remain more compact but flower for just as long.