Cynorkis kassneriana Kraenzl.

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Cynorkis kassneriana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Circular Drive near Mt. Inyangani

Cynorkis kassneriana

Photo: Petra Ballings
Nyamoro, nr Ezulwini, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Cynorkis glandulosa Bolus
Cynorkis rupicola Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent (in E)
Status: Native
Terrestrial, rarely epiphytic or lithophytic, herb with one basal leaf, sometimes two.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In mosses, leaf litter and rotting vegetation in forests. It is found in high altitude Brachystegia woodland, on shaded roadbanks, along forest margins and in exotic pine plantations.
Altitude range: (metres) 1300 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Ethiopia, East Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte, lithophyte, terrestrial.
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 218 - 219. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 318.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 55.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 48. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 133.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cynorkis kassneriana., retrieved 27 October 2016

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