Cynorkis laeta Schltr. 1924 SECTION Cynorkis

Drawing Photo by Karl Senghas , Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Luxuriously Blooming Cynorkis

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in central and southeastern Madagascar on humid rocks at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing lithophyte with 2 oblong tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 3 to 5, radical, flat, linear to lanceolate-linear, glabrous, acute leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a terminal, erect, glandular, short, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Very similar to C lindleyana but differs in the lip.

Synonyms Cynorkis laeta var. angavoensis H.Perrier 1939; Cynorkis laeta var. angavoensis H.Perrier ex Hermans 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981 as Cynosorchis laeta; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009

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