Description of the genus
Terrestrial, rarely epiphytic,
herbs. Stem, ovary and calyx often glandular-hairy. Leaves
mostly radical with a few sheath-like on stem. Flowers in
terminal raceme, white, pink or purple to mauve. Dorsal
sepal often forming a hood with the petals; lateral free. Lip
entire or 3-5-lobed, with a spur.
Worldwide: 125 spp., mostly native to Madagascar and the Mascarenes, with c.20 in mainland Africa.
Zimbabwe: 5 taxa.
Other sources of information about Cynorkis:
Our websites:Flora of Malawi
: CynorkisFlora of Mozambique
: CynorkisFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): CynorkisFlora Zambesiaca
web site: CynorkisGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for CynorkisIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): CynorkisKew Herbarium catalogue
: CynorkisKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Cynorkis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=413, retrieved 21 January 2017