Cynorkis buchananii Rolfe

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Cynorkis buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below the main peak of Mt Namuli, Mozambique.

Cynorkis buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below the main peak of Mt Namuli, Mozambique.

Cynorkis buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below the main peak of Mt Namuli, Mozambique.

Cynorkis buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below the main peak of Mt Namuli, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Cynorkis buchwaldiana subsp. nyassana (Schltr.) Summerh.
Cynorkis nyassana Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Terrestrial herb, up to c. 45 cm tall. Basal leaves 1-2, up to 16 cm long, lanceolate-elliptic, narrowing to a petiole-like base; leaves along the stem sheath-like, up to 2.3 cm long. Inflorescence 2.5-11 cm long, laxly to densely many-flowered, sparsely glandular hairy. Flowers pale pink or lilac, white inside the hood and at the base of the lip. Petals forming a hood with the dorsal sepal. Lip 6-7.5 mm long, up to 3.5 mm at the apex, wedge-shaped, almost entire except for 3 obscure shallow teeth at the apex. Spur 3-5 mm long, somewhat incurved.
Notes: This species was considered Endemic to the mountains of southern Malawi (la Croix et al., 1991; la Croix & Cribb in FZ XI-1, 1995). It may, however, also be known from southern Tanzania (Uluguru Mts) and the DRC (World Monocot Checklist, KEW).
Derivation of specific name: buchananii: after John Buchanan (1855 – 1896), Scottish horticulturist, missionary, farmer and plant collector in Malawi, who became Acting British Consul to Central Africa.
Habitat: On rocky seepage slopes, in damp grassland and sometimes in exotic pine plantations.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Southern Malawi and Mt Namuli, Mozambique; also Tanzania and the DRC (see note).
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Literature:

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 52.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 46. (Includes a picture).

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 25. as Cynorkis buchwaldiana subsp. nyassana

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 133.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1962). African orchids XXVIII Kew Bulletin 16(2) Page 258. as Cynorkis buchwaldiana subsp. nyassana

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cynorkis buchananii
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Cynorkis buchananii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=173790, retrieved 27 July 2021

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