Cynorkis compacta Rchb. f. 1888 SECTION Parviflorae Photo by Martin Rautenbach and The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Website

Inflorescence Photo by Malcolm Thomas of Australia


Common Name The Squat Cynorkis

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Natal, South Africa as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial in rocky areas under 700 meters in elevation with ovoid or elongated tubers carrying a single, ovate-oblong, acute, erect or horizontal leaves which blooms in the spring and summer as the new leaves are arising on a solitary, to 8" [20 cm] long, elliptic, basally sheathed, 4 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Bicornella compacta (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Kras 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Cynosorchis compacta; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 9 1982 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide;