Cynorkis uniflora Lindl. 1835 SECTION Cynorkis

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Chen-Hao Hsu


Common Name The Single-Flowered Cynorkis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Madagascar on bare rocks in open places or on mossy tree trunks as a miniature to small sized, cool growing lithophyte or rarely epiphyte at elevations of 1200 to 1900 meters with elongated tubers carrying a solitary, radical, linear, acuminate leaf that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, enveloped basally by 2 sheaths, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with as long to slightly longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Cynorkis grandiflora Ridl. 1883; Cynorkis grandiflora var. albata Ridl. 1883; Cynorkis grandiflora var. purpurea Ridl. 1883; Cynosorchis grandiflora Ridl. 1883; Cynosorchis uniflora Rchb. f. 1881; Gymnadenia uniflora Steud. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Cynosorchis grandiflora; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Cynosorchis uniflora; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 6 2008 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2015 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #7 2019 photo fide;