Cynorkis christae Hermans, Andriant. & Sieder 2017 SECTION Cynorchis Photos by Johan Hermans and Anton Seider and

Kew Bull (2017) 72: 38.

EARLY

Common Name Christa's Cynorkis [Mrs Sieder Co-finder of species current]

Flower Size 1.8 to 2.48" [4.5 to 6.2 cm] wide

Found in north western Madagascar in seasonally dry grassland on basement rock, water seepage areas on basalt rock, in crevices and shallow pockets of humus, around 600 meters as a medium sized, warm growing pendent to arching terrestrial with 2 elongate tubers giving rise to a shorter stem subtended by 1 to 2, funnel shaped sheaths and carrying above a single, arching, radical, glabrous, pale to mid green, glossy above, lanceolate-ellitpic, acuminate and somewhat narrowing towarsd the base, obtuse apically leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, to 16" [40 cm] long, green with a few brown marks towards the base, glabrous, emerging from the base of the unfurling leaf, provided with a large ovate, leaf-like sheath in the upper third of the peduncle, successively 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with green, similar in shape to the peduncle sheath, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying plesantly and strongly scented, large for the genus flowers

Similar to C gigas but this one has an unspotted leaf, a 14" long inflorescence, 1/3 rd the length of the ovary floral bracts, 2 to 4 flowers, oval rounded lobes and a completely white lip, a spur that is [16 to 19 cm] long, and indistinctly swollen in the upper 1/3, and occurs at much lower elevations in the northwest of Madagascar.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Hermans, J., Andriantiana, J.L., Sieder, A. et al. Kew Bull (2017) 72: 38. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12225-017-9715-4 drawing/photo fide

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