Cyrtorchis aschersonii (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918 SECTION Cyrtorchis

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Plant and Inflorescence Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Part sunWarmCoolSpring THROUGHFall

Common Name or Meaning Ascherson's Cyrtorchis [German Botanist and Collector in Africa 1900's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon and Zaire in evergreen rain forests in well exposed locations at elevations up to 1500 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, short stem enveloped completely by 2 ranked, leaf bearing sheaths and carrying, linear, leathery, rigid, sometimes fleshy with inturned margins, appearing almost cylindrical, equally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on an axillary, 2.8 to 4.8" [7 to 12 cm] long, 4 to 10 flowered inflorescence that is half the leaves length.

Synonyms Angraecum angustifolium De Wild. 1916; Angraecum aschersonii Kraenzl. 1889; Angraecum subcylindrifolium De Wild. 1916; Cyrtorchis angustifolia (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; Cyrtorchis subcylindrifolia (De Wild.) Schltr. 1918; Listrostachys aschersonii (Kraenzl.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006