Cynorkis aphylla Schltr. 1913 SECTION Lowiorchis TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Hot LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Leafless Cynorkis [refers to the species being leafless at blooming]

Flower Size

Found in northern Madagascar on rocky outcrops on sandstone and sand at elevations of sealevel to 200 meters as a small sized, hot growing terrestrial or lithophyte with widely, oblong-acute, plicate leaves that are absent at flowering which occurs in the late winter and early spring on an erect, terminal, 4 to 6.4" [10 to 16 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with much longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

Synonyms Lowiorchis aphylla (Schltr.) Szlach. 2004; Cynosorchis aphylla Schltr. 1913;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939 as Cynosorchis aphylla drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2008;