Cynorkis purpurea (Thouars) Kraenzl. 1898 SECTION Imerinorchis

Photo by Andre Schuiteman and Kew's Plants of the World Website

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Collection sheet

Photo/Collection sheet by Museum National d'Historie Naturelle Website

Common Name The Purple Cynorchis

Flower Size .9" [2.2 cm]

Found in Mauritius and Madagascar on wet rocks bordering streams and river margins at elevations of 570 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte with 4 to 5, radical, lanceolate, acuminate to obtuse, leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on an erect, 8 to 14" [20 to 35 cm] long, laxly, 9 to 13 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Cynosorchis purpurea Kranzl. 1900; *Habenaria purpurea Thouars 1822; Imerinorchis purpurea (Thouars) Szlach. 2005; Peristylus purpureus (Thouars) S.Moore 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Habenaria purpurea drawing hmm; Repert. Specierum Nova. Regni Vegetabilis Band 33 Schlechter 1925 as Habenaria purpurea; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Cynosorchis purpurea; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide; The Orchid Review Vol 127 No 1328 December 2019 photo fide;