Eulophia angolensis (Rchb. f.) Summerh.

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Eulophia angolensis

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Besna Kobila, Matobo.

Eulophia angolensis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Besna Kobila, Matobo.

Eulophia angolensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila, Matobo.

Eulophia angolensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila, Matobo.

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Synonyms: Eulophia buchananii (Rchb. f.) Bolus
Eulophia lindleyana (Rchb. f.) Schltr.
Lissochilus buchananii Rchb. f.
Lissochilus eylesii Rendle
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust orchid to 2 m tall with fleshy underground cylindric rhizomes. Leaves 2-4, linear-lanceolate, plicate, erect. Inflorescence lax, with many flowers; peduncle stout, 1-2 cm in diameter. Flowers spreading or ± nodding. Sepals spathulate, obtuse, concave above, erect or reflexed, purple-brown or yellow. Petals parallel to and projecting over the column, broader than the sepals, yellow. Lip 3-lobed, saccate at the base; mid-lobe undulate on the margin; callus of 3 tall crenate ridges, tapering to the apex. Fruit pendent.
Notes: Possibly threatened by overcollecting
Derivation of specific name: angolensis: of Angola
Habitat: In wet grassland, margins of swamp forest and on stream banks.
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa and in South Africa
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Content last updated: Thursday 27 August 2015

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Eulophia angolensis., retrieved 28 May 2024

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