Cyrtorchis ringens (Rchb. f.) Summerh.

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Cyrtorchis ringens

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Bunga Views, Vumba

Cyrtorchis ringens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Views, Vumba

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Synonyms: Cyrtorchis bistorta (Rolfe) Schltr.
Cyrtorchis buchholziana (Kraenzl.) Schltr.
Cyrtorchis hookeri (Rolfe) Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally fairly common
Status: Native
Epiphyte. Plants with a distinct stem. Leaves leathery, not folded along their length. Inflorescences usually 2, axillary or below the leaves. Each inflorescence with two rows of up to 6 flowers. Flowers star-shaped, creamy-white, turning apricot with age. Spur 2-3.5 cm long. In suitable locations it may form extensive colonies on the trees.
Notes: See Cyrtorchis praetermissa for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: ringens: referring to the gaping floral segments
Habitat: In mist-belt Brachystegia woodland on rocky cliffs. Occasionally in montane forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 29 September 2006

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

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 416.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 67. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 268. (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 134.


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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 ringens., retrieved 23 October 2016

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