Cynorkis saxicola Schltr. 1924 SECTION Parviflorae

Photo by Gilles G and The Paleo-Orchid Madgascar Blog Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool Cold EARLIER Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Rock Loving Cynorkis

Flower Size .64" [1.6 cm] long,

Found in south central and east central Madagascar on shaded wet rocks at elevations around 1700 to 2700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with elongated tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 3 radical, linear to ligulate-linear, acute, glabrous leaves that blooms in the earlier summer on a terminal, erect, 4.8 to 10" [12 to 25 cm] long overall, rachis 1.6" [4 cm] long, very loose, 3 to 15 flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION!!! The Photo determination above does not conform well with the references that I have, so please use with caution! The Type drawing is absolutely correct.

Synonyms Bicornella saxicola (Schltr.) Szlach. & Kras 2006; Cynosorchis saxicola Schlter. 1925;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981 as Cynosorchis saxicola drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb and Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo ok; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo ok;