Cyrtorchis ringens (Rchb.f.) Summerh. 1958 SECTION Homocolleticon Summerh.

Plant in situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Fragrance Part Shade Warm Cool Spring and Fall

Common Name The Stiff Cyrtorchis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Cameroon, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in submontane to riverine forests at elevations of 1000 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a woody stem carrying 6 to 10, 2 ranked, broadly ligulate, apically bilobed, v-shaped basally and flat towards the apex, leathery, olive green leaves that blooms in the spring and fall on an axillary to below the leaves, 1.6 to 3" [4 to 7.5 cm] long, 12 flowered, racemose inflorescence with brown bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Angraecum bistortum Rolfe 1893; Angraecum bucholzianum Kraenzl. 1886; Angraecum ringens (Rchb.f.) N.E.Br. 1882; Cyrtorchis bistorta (Rolfe) Schltr. 1918; Cyrtorchis buchholziana (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1918; Cyrtorchis hookeri (Rolfe) Schltr. 1918; Homocolleticon ringens (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Olszewski 2001; Listrostachys bistorta (Rolfe) Rolfe 1897; Listrostachys bucholziana (Kraenzl.) T.Durand & Schinz 1895; Listrostachys hookeri Rolfe 1897; Listrostachys ignoti Kraenzl. 1914; *Listrostachys ringens Rchb.f. 1878

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; African Orchids in the wild and cultivation LaCroix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans and Campbell 2006

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