Cynorkis villosa Rolfe 1906 SECTION Cynorchis

Photo by Olaf Pronk Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Plant on ravine wall from rock crack

Photo by Romer Rabarijaona and The Natusfera Website

Deep shade CoolFall

Common Name The Shaggy Cynorkis [refers to the hairy inflorescence and flowers]

Flower Size

Found in southwestern Madagascar in ravines and in humid low to mid-elevation forests at elevations of 1000 to 1200 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial orchid with 3 to 5, radical, flat, elliptic-oblong or elliptic-lanceolate, deciduous leaves that blooms in the mid summer to early fall on an, erect, hispidous-glandular, 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long, few to 36 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Cynosorchis villosa Rolfe 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1981 as Cynosorchis villosa; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 8 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 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; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;