Cyrtorchis praetermissa Summerh.

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Cyrtorchis praetermissa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Hadange Gorge, Chimanimani National Park

Cyrtorchis praetermissa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Cyrtorchis praetermissa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road to Nyamuakwarara River, John Meikle Research Station

Cyrtorchis praetermissa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Small Bridge to Penhalonga

Cyrtorchis praetermissa

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Nyanga to Troutbeck

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Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Epiphytic plants with a robust stem. Leaves leathery, folded along their length. Inflorescences singly in the leaf axils. Flowers in 2 alternate ranks, star-shaped, creamy-white, turning apricot with age. Spur 2-3 cm.
Notes: Similar to Cyrtorchis ringens, which has leaves not folded along the length and occurs at higher altitudes.
Derivation of specific name: praetermissa: omitted, neglected, referring to the fact that this common and widespread species was only first described in 1948.
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, particularly on hill sides.
Altitude range: (metres) 650 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, East Africa and southwards to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 20 November 2011

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Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 50.

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La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 66. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 267 - 268. (Includes a picture).

Linder, H.P. & Kurzweil, H. (1999). Orchids of Southern Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, the Netherlands ISBN 90-5410-445-7 Pages 432 - 434. (Includes a picture).

McMurtry, D., Grobler,L., Grobler, J. & Burns, S. (2008). Field Guide to the ORCHIDS of Northern South Africa and Swaziland Umdaus Press, PO Box 11059 Hatfield 0028 South Africa Pages 442 - 443. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 130 - 131. (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyrtorchis praetermissa
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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: Cyrtorchis praetermissa., retrieved 1 June 2016

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