Cynorkis syringescens Hermans & P.J.Cribb 2017 Photos by Johan Hermans and

Kew Bull (2017) 72: 38.


Common Name The Syringa-Like Cynorchis [refers to its passing similarity ot the lilac in the color of the l;ip and the somewhat pyramidal inflorescence]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in central Madagascar on granite and quartz rocks in pockets of sand, amongst grasses in sub-humid degraded sclerophyllous woodlands at elevations around 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with 1 to 2 elongate, wooly tubers giving rise to a very short stem enveloped by 1 to 2, scarious, thin, brown sheaths and carryin 1 to 2, radical, pale green, suberect, somewhat fleshy, conduplicate when developing, lanceolate-linear, acuminate leaves that blooms in the early summer on a green, glabreous, emerging from the leaf axil, to 10" [25 cm] long ovaerall, peduncle with a lanceoalte-subulate sheath at the middle, rachis loosely racemose, to 14 flowered inflorescence with green, brownish red in the apical half, ovate-lanceolate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.


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