FZ.13. Cynorkis Thouars

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 species, mostly native to Madagascar and the Mascarenes, with c.20 in mainland Africa.

Zimbabwe: 5 taxa.

Cynorkis kassneriana

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
anacamptoides Kraenzl. var. anacamptoides C,E,SDescription, Image
anisoloba Summerh.[NrEnd][LR-nt]EDescription, Image
debilis (Hook.f.) Summerh.C,EDescription, Image
kassneriana Kraenzl.C,EDescription, Image
kirkii RolfeEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Cynorkis:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cynorkis
Flora of Malawi: Cynorkis
Flora of Mozambique: Cynorkis
Flora of Zambia: Cynorkis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cynorkis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cynorkis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cynorkis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cynorkis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Cynorkis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cynorkis
JSTOR Plant Science: Cynorkis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cynorkis
Plants of the World Online: Cynorkis
Tropicos: Cynorkis
Wikipedia: Cynorkis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Cynorkis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=413, retrieved 16 June 2024

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