Cyrtorchis praetermissa Summerh.
subsp. praetermissa

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Cyrtorchis praetermissa subsp. praetermissa

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

Cyrtorchis praetermissa subsp. praetermissa

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

Cyrtorchis praetermissa subsp. praetermissa

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

Cyrtorchis praetermissa subsp. praetermissa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Small Bridge to Penhalonga

Cyrtorchis praetermissa subsp. praetermissa

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Nyanga to Troutbeck

Cyrtorchis praetermissa subsp. praetermissa

Photo: Karl van Laeren
Near Makumbi Mission, Chinamhora CL

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Common names:
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: Subsp. zuluensis occurs in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
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: 650 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, East Africa and southwards to South Africa
Malawi distribution: C,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
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Content last updated: Sunday 11 December 2016

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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 84.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Cyrtorchis praetermissa subsp. praetermissa., retrieved 23 March 2023

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