Cynorkis uncata (Rolfe) Kraenzl. 1902 Photos by P J Cribb and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Warm Cool Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Hook Shaped Cynorkis

Flower Size

Found in Kenya and Tanzania on shady paths and banks in upland rainforests or on humus amongst rocks at elevations of 900 to 1650 meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with ellipsoid to fusiform, densly wooly root-tubers giving rise to a prostrate at base becoming erect above, slender, bearing 1 to 2, scarious sheaths basally stem and a pair of spreading to suberect, .4 to 3.6" [1 to 9 cm] above the base, lanceolate to oblanceolate, oblong, elliptical, to ovate, apiculate to shortly acuminate, glabrous leaves that blooms in the late summer and fall on a terminal, erect, to 6.4" [16 cm] long, rather laxly, 3 to 17 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms *Platanthera uncata Rolfe 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchid of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996;

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