Cynorkis squamosa (Poir.) Lindl. 1835

Plant in situ Reunion

Photo by Francoise Vandeschricke and the Les Orchidees Ille de la Reunion Website

Another Flower

Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

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Common Name The Scaly Cynorkis

Flower Size

Found in Mauritius and Reunion at elevations around 1200 to 1600 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a single, erect, plicate, 3 veined, elliptic, basally clasping leaf that blooms in the late winter through early summer on an erect, 14" [35 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Amphorchis calcarata Thouars 1822; Amphorchis squamosa (Poir.) Frapp. ex Cordem. 1895; Barlaea calcarata (Thouars) Rchb.f. 1876; Cynorkis calcarata (Thouars) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Gymnadenia squamata (Poir.) A.Rich. 1828; Habenaria amphorchis Spreng. 1826; Orchis dubia Thouars 1822; *Orchis squamosa Poir. 1798

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Amphorchis calcarata drawing fide;