Cynorkis mellitula Toill.-Gen. & Bosser 1961 SECTION Imerinorchis

Photo by Jean Bosser

Full shade Cool Summer

Common Name The Honey Scented Cynorkis

Flower Size .48" [1.2 cm]

Found in central Madagascar in high elevation humid, mossy forests at elevations 1900 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing terrestrial or epiphyte with 2, oblong, wooly, fleshy tubers giving rise to a basal, ovate-lanceolate, acute, pseudopetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 drawing/photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide