Cynorkis kirkii Rolfe 1898 SECTION Parviflorae

Plant and Flowers in situ Mozambique

Photos by Bart Wursten and The Mozambique Flora Website

Part Shade Hot CoolSummer

Common Name or Meaning Kirk's Cynorchis [English Counsel in Zanzibar and orchid Enthusiast late 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique on seepage slopes, usually in grass tufts over rock at elevations of sea level to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature to medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with 2 to 3, ovoid, villous tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying a usually single, basal, pale green, ovate to elliptic, acute to apiculate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, to 2" [5 cm] long, glandular-hairy, rather closely 1 to 11 flowered inflorescence with long-acuminate, from an ovate base, glabrous, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Bicornella kirkii (Rolfe) Szlach. & Kras 2006; Cynorkis morlandii Rolfe 1910; Cynorkis oblonga Schltr. 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical east Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 197o; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 #1 1986 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing fide;