Cynorkis sanguinolenta Hermans, L.Gaut. & P.J.Cribb 2017 Photos by A: ANTON SIEDER, B & C: ZUZANA BURIVALOVA and

Kew Bull (2017) 72: 38.


Common Name The Bloody Cynorchis

Flower Size .72 to 1.52" [1.8 to 3.3 cm]

Found in northern Madagascar in seasonally dry secondary grasslands on sandstone and white sands and erosion gullies in areas once dominated by semi-deciduous forest, at elevations up to 700 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing terrestrial or lithophyte with a short, partly subterranean stem carrying a single, erect to arching , radical, glabrous, central vein strongly keeled beneath, obtuse apically, pale to mid green, paler beneath, oval-oblong leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, green, to 12.8" [32 cm] long, glabrous, arising on a new developing growth, peduncle provided with a sheath around the middle, rachis secund to sub-racemose, to 14 flowered inflorescence with green, somtimes a little hirsute on the exterior towards the apex, ovate-lanceolate, slightly auriculate basally, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying variable sized flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Hermans, J., Andriantiana, J.L., Sieder, A. et al. Kew Bull (2017) 72: 38. photo/drawing fide