Cynorkis compacta Rchb. f. 1888 Photo by Martin Rautenbach and The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Website

Inflorescence Photo by Malcolm Thomas of Australia

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Common Name The Squat Cynorkis

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Natal, South Africa as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial in rocky areas under 700 meters in elevation with ovoid or elongated tubers carrying a single, ovate-oblong, acute, erect or horizontal leaves which blooms in the spring and summer as the new leaves are arising on a solitary, to 8" [20 cm] long, elliptic, basally sheathed, 4 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Cynosorchis compacta; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 9 1982 photo; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide;

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