Cynorkis elegans Rchb.f. 1888 SECTION Parviflorae.

Photo by Ehoarn Bidault and The Natusfera Website

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Drawing of C elegans

Drawing by John Day

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 summer and fall on a glabrous, .4 to 4" [1 to 10 cm] long, loosely 3 to 20 flowered inflorescence with 3 bracts

Synonyms Bicornella elegans (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Kras 2006; Cynorkis elata Rolfe 1891; Cynosorchis elata Rolfe 1891; Cynosorchis elegans Rchb.f 1888; Gymnadenia muricata Brongn. ex Kraenzl. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Cynosorchis elata drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Cynosorchis elegans; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 photo ok; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 #3 2009 photo fide; Field Guide to the orchid of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; Hermans, J., Andriantiana, J.L., Sieder, A. et al. Kew Bull (2017) 72: 38. drawing fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;