Cynorkis gymnochiloides (Schltr.) H.Perrier 1931 SECTION Lemuranthe

Photo by Jean-Michel Hervouet

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool Cold Summer

Common Name The Gymnochilum Like Cynorkis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in central Madagascar on rocky outcrops at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte with villous tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 2 to 5, radical, adpressed to the soil, oblanceolate-elliptical, slightly acuminate leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, hispid-glandular, short to 1" [to 2.5 cm] long, oval-oblong, densely many flowered inflorescence with equal to the pedicel floral bracts.

Synonyms Cynosorchis gymnochiloides [Schltr.] Perrier 1931; *Habenaria gymnochiloides Schltr. 1916; Lemuranthe gymnochiloides (Schltr.) Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939 as Cynosorchis gymnochiloides; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;