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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Cyrtorchis

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Asparagales > Family: Orchidaceae

About 16 species (Africa), with four species native to southern Africa. An additional species is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Cyrtorchis arcuata


Cyrtorchis crassifolia

[= Homocolleticon crassifolia]

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Cyrtorchis praetermissa

Cyrtorchis ringens

[= Homocolleticon ringens]

Recorded from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Cyrtorchis brownii

Native to tropical Africa.