Cynorkis sororia Schltr. 1913 SECTION Parviflorae

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

Part Shade Warm Cool LATE Winter EARLY Spring LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Closely Related Cynorkis

Flower Size .8 to .95" [2 to 2.4 cm]

Found in northern and northeastern Madagascar in mossy forests by streams in sand at elevations of 800 to 1700 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte with 2 oblong tubers giving rise to a single, radical, elliptical-acute, attenuate compressed basally leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring and again in late summer and early fall the on a terminal, erect, glabrous, dense, 4.8 to 12" [12 to 30 cm] long overall, rachis 1.6 to 8" [4 to 20 cm], 4 to 20 flowered inflorescence.

The scientific name refers to the close relationship this species has with C ridleyi but this one differs in the shape of the rostellum [#12 above in drawing]

Synonyms Bicornella sororia (Schltr.) Szlach. & Kras 2006; Cynosorchis sororia Schltr. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; [ Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981 as Cynosorchis sororia; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;