Cynorkis kassneriana Kraenzl.1914

Inflorescence Photo by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Full Shade Cool Cold LATEWinter Spring

Common Name Kassner's Cynorkis [German original Collector of Species early 1900's]

Flower Size .65" [1.6 cm]

Found in Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Transvaal South Africa by the banks of streams, among rocks of forest floors and as an epiphyte on mossy trunks and branches at elevations of 1300 to 2800 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with ellipsoid tubers giving rise to a slender, erect, glandular pubescent stem carrying a single [rarely 2], basal, erect to spreading, lanceolate to oblanceolate, acute, glabrous, mottled green leaf and a few sheaths above that blooms in the late winter and spring on a 1.2 to 4" [3 to 10 cm] long, densely many [4 to 22] flowered, glandular pubescent inflorescence with lanceolate, glandular-ciliate bracts.

Synonyms Bicornella kassneeriana (Kraenzl.) Szlach. & Kras 2006; Cynorkis glandulosa L.Bolus 1928; Cynorkis kassneriana subsp. tenuior Summerh. 1953; Cynorkis rupicola Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 2 1979 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 7 1981 drawing; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 1 1991; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the wild and cultivation LaCroix 1997; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 1 Szlatchecko etal 2010 as Bicornella kassneeriana drawing fide

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