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
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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. 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 1 July 2016

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