Cynorkis galeata Rchb.f. 1885 SECTION Imerinorchis

Plant and flowers in situ Reunion Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Part Shade Warm Cool LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Helmuted Cynorkis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] long

Found in Comoros and Madagascar in forests on trees and rocks as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte with 4 to 6, elongated and more or less villous tubers giving rise to a single, radical, widely elliptic to oblong, glabrous, long attenuate and shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, erect, 1.8 to 2.8" [4.5 to 7 cm] long, 7 to 15 flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution.

Synonyms Imerinorchis galeata (Rchb.f.) Szlach. 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939 as Cynosorchis galeata drawing ok; Orchids of Madagfascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Hermans and Cribb 2009;