Cynorkis gibbosa Ridl. 1883


Photos by Eric Hunt

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 amplexicul basally that blooms in the spring, summer through fall on a bristly granular, sometimes glabrous, provided with 2 to 3 distant, cauline sheaths, 10 to 20" [25 to 50 cm] long, rachis short, subcorymbiform, densely many [10 to 40] flowered, inflorescence with narrow, less than half as long as the vary floral bracts and carrying mostly simultaneous flowers.

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; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 #3 2009 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #9 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #8 2016 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;