Cynorkis gibbosa Ridl. 1883

Inflorescence Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Plant and Flower Photo by Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar


Common Name The Humped Cycnorkis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Madagascar on shady granite rocks, on steep banks, seepage areas, along streams and at forest edges at elevations of 600 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial herb with several elongated, villous tubers giving rise to a solitary, radical, oblong-lanceolate, purple maculate leaf that is shortly attenuate at both ends and amplexiculate basally that blooms in the mid spring through fall on a bristly granular, sometimes glabrous, densely many [10 to 40] flowered, subcorymbiform inflorescence carrying 2 to 3 distant, cauline sheaths and having 10 mostly simultaneous flowers at any one time

Synonyms Cynorkis gibbosa f aurea Hermans 2007; Cynosorchis gibbosa Ridl. 1883;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1983 as Cynosorchis gibbosa Ridl. 1883; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 11 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #8 2016 photo fide;