Cyrtorchis praetermissa Summerh. 1948 SECTION Homocolleticon Summerh.

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FragranceFull ShadeColdWarmFall

Common Name The The Overlooked Cyrtorchis

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Natal and Transval States of South Africa in woodlands and occasional riverine forests at elevations of 450 to 2200 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a short, erect, then pendant with age stem carrying disitchous, usually 4 to 6 opposing pairs, linear, recurved, conduplicate, thick but not fleshy leaves and blooms in the fall on 2 to 4, to 4" [10 cm] long, arching, fairly densly to 12 flowered, 2 ranked inflorescence that arises from the stem below the leaves and carries waxy, white in youth, to apricot with age, nocturnally, sweetly scented [Lily Of the Valley] flowers.

Synonyms Cyrtorchis praetermissa subsp. zuluensis (E.R.Harrison) H.P.Linder 1989; Cyrtorchis praetermissa var. zuluensis E.R.Harrison 1972; Homocolleticon praetermissa (Summerh.) Szlach. & Olszewski 2001; Homocolleticon praetermissa var. zuluensis (E.R.Harrison) Szlach. & Olszewski 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Orchids of Malawi La Croix 1983; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;