Cynorkis elata Rolfe 1891 SECTION Gibbosorchis Perr. Photo courtesy of The World Association for the Development of Philately (WADP)


Common Name The Beautiful Cynorkis

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in eastern and southeastern Madagascar in coastal forests in sand within humus at sea level to 50 meters as a small sized, hot growing terrestrial with 2, ground hugging, marbled, oblong-lanceolate, acute to subacute, shortly acuminate-petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a glabrous, .4 to 4" [1 to 10 cm] long, loosely 3 to 20 flowered inflorescence with 3 bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/83 as Cynosorchis elata; Die Orchideen #4 13-16 tafel 5 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1973 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the orchid of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide;