Cynorkis pleistadenia (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1915

Photo by C. Grey-Wilson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade CoolCold Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Many Glanded Cynorkis

Flower Size

Found in Tanzania in upland rainforests or nearby grasslands at elevations of 1800 to 3300 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid tubers giving rise to a slender, erect, glandular-hairy above stem carrying a single [rarely 2], erect, lanceolate to oblanceolate, acute, glabrous leaf that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, to 3.6" [9 cm] long, rather laxly several to many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, much shorter than the ovary, sparsely glandular hairy floral bracts.

Synonyms Cynorkis volkensii Kraenzl. 1895; *Habenaria pleistadenia Rchb.f. 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970;