Cynorkis ridleyi T.Durand & Schinz 1894 SECTION Parviflorae Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers in situ Reunion Photo by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website


Common Name Ridley's Cynorkis [English Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" to .6" [1.2 to 1.7 cm]

Found in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands in humid mossy, evergreen forests on plateaus among mosses at elevations of 600 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or rarely epiphyte with 1 to rarely 2, obovate-elliptic, oblanceolate or lanceolate, longly attenuate basally leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on an erect, 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate flowers

Synonyms Amphorchis lilacina Ridl. 1885; Cynorkis heterochroma Schltr. 1916; Cynorkis moramangana Schltr. 1922; Cynorkis variegata (Frapp. ex Cordem.) Schtr 1915; Cynosorchis ridleyi Dur & Schinz.1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Cynosorchis ridleyi; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide