Cynorkis anisoloba Summerh. 1957


Plant in situ in Zimbabwe Photo by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part sunWarm Cool Summer Fall

Common Name The Unequal Lobed Cynorkis

Flower Size

Found in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe in damp to wet soils near rocks at elevations of 1350 to 2400 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a few basal, ovate to lanceolate, acute to apiculate leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, slender, purple, pubescent, laxly, many successively flowering inflorescence.

This orchid is distinguished from the closely-related C. hanningtonii by the lip. In C. anisoloba, it is 3-lobed only in the apical half, and the side lobes are much narrower than the mid lobe.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide