Cynorkis coccinelloides (Frapp. ex Cordem.) Schltr. 1915 SECTION Parviflorae

Plant and Flower in situ Reunion

Plant in situ Reunion

Photos by Rogier van Vugt and hisP_ Base Orchid Photo Website

Part Shade Cool Cold Summer Fall

Common Name The Club Shaped Cynorkis

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Reunion and north and central Madagascar in ericoid bushes at elevations of 1200 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with small, irregular, elongated, villous tubers giving rise to a basally sheathed stem carrying just above, 2, lanceolate to oblanceolate, very acute, attenuate to a long petiolate base, flat against the soil leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a terminal, erect, with 2 distinct, very distant bracts, 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, loosely 3 to 10 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate-acute, much sdhorter thant he ovary floral bracts and carrying veryh small, sessile, very finely papillose externally, whiteto violet both maculate wioth deep violet flowers.

Synonyms Bicornella coccinelloides (Frapp. ex Cordem.) Szlach. & Kras, 2006; *Camilleugenia coccinelloides Frapp. ex Cordem. 1895; Cynosorchis coccinelloides Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Cynosorchis coccinelloides drawing fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;