Cynorkis rosellata (Thouars) Bosser 1997 SECTION SECTION Imerinorchis

Photo by Landy Rita and The Natusfera Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Thouars and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Plant in situ Reunion

Photo by Rogier Van Vugt and Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria


Common Name The Rosellate Cynorkis [refers to the radiating cluster of leaves ]

Flower Size

Found in Madagascar and Reunion in mossy forests, river margins and on shaded and humid rocks at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte with several leaves that blooms in the late winter through spring as well as in the early fall on a laxly flowered, erect, inflorescence.

Synonyms Cynorkis imerinensis (Ridl.) Kraenzl. 1898; Cynosorchis inmerensis Ridley 1900; Gymnadenia rosellata (Thouars) A.Rich. 1828; Habenaria imerinensis Ridl. 1885; Habenaria mascarenensis Spreng. 1826; Habenaria rosellata (Thouars) Schltr.1915; Imerinorchis imerinensis (Ridl.) Szlach. 2005; *Satyrium rosellatum Thouars 1822

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Satyrium rosellatum drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Cynosorchis inmernesis drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagfascar Hermans & Cribb 2009; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;