Cynorkis ridleyi T.Durand & Schinz 1894 SECTION Parviflorae

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Plant and Flowers in situ Reunion

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Common Name Ridley's Cynorkis [English Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" to .6" [1.2 to 1.7 cm]

Found in Madagascar, Reunion and the Comoros Islands in humid mossy, evergreen forests on plateaus among mosses at elevations of 600 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or rarely epiphyte with 1 to rarely 2, obovate-elliptic, oblanceolate or lanceolate, longly attenuate basally leaves that blooms in the spring, summer through fall on an erect, 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate flowers

Synonyms Amphorkis lilacina Ridl. 1885; Amphorkis variegata Frapp. ex Cordem. 1895; Amphorkis variegata var. digitata Cordem. 1895; Amphorkis variegata var. polymorpha Cordem. 1895; Bicornella ridleyi (T.Durand & Schinz) Szlach. & Kras. 2006; Cynorkis rhomboglossa Schltr. 1924; Cynorkis variegata (Frapp. ex Cordem.) Schtr 1915; Cynosorchis ridleyi Dur & Schinz.1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Cynosorchis ridleyi; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 #3 2009 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide;