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: Angraecum bistortum Rolfe
Angraecum buchholzianum Kraenzl.
Cyrtorchis bistorta (Rolfe) Schltr.
Cyrtorchis buchholziana (Kraenzl.) Schltr.
Cyrtorchis hookeri (Rolfe) Schltr.
Listrostachys bistorta (Rolfe) Rolfe
Listrostachys buchholziana (Kraenzl.) T. Durand & Schinz
Listrostachys hookeri Rolfe
Listrostachys ignoti Kraenzl.
Listrostachys ringens Rchb.f.
Common names:
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:
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Malawi distribution: C,S
Growth form(s): Epiphyte.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 13 September 2015

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Cyrtorchis ringens., retrieved 27 May 2022

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