Cynorkis usambarae Rolfe 1898 Collection sheet by Kraenzlin and Kew Royal Botanical Gardens Website

Part Shade Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Usambara Cynorkis [refers to the Usambara Mountains within Tanzania]

Flower Size

Found in Tanzania in gravely places probably in rainforests as a small sized terrestrial with an ellipsoid, tomentose tuber giving rise to a slender, erect, glabrous basally, glandular-hairy above stem carrying 2 to 3, basal, spreading, oblong to oblong-lanceolate, glabrous leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, glandular-hairy, 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, laxly 6 to 20 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Habenaria usambarae Kraenzl. ex Engl. 1894; Holothrix usambarae Kraenzl. 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968;