Bulbophyllum elliotii Rolfe

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Bulbophyllum elliotii

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Globe Rock, Vumba

Bulbophyllum elliotii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Tessa's Pool, Chimanimani

Bulbophyllum elliotii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Tessa's Pool, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Bulbophyllum malawiense Morris
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Small epiphytic herb, forming small colonies of closely spaced pseudobulbs. Pseudobulbs near spherical, often slightly broader than high, 10 - 25 mm in diameter. Leaves 2, fleshy, spreading, elliptic, up to 4 cm. Pseudobulbs and leaves are often coloured deep purple, particularly in more exposed situations. Inflorescence pendulous, borne from the base of the pseudobulb. Flowers fleshy, arranged along a swollen rhachis, small, straw-coloured, with maroon spots.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: elliottii: after George Francis Scott-Elliot (1862-1934), Scottish botanist who collected in South Africa.
Habitat: In high rainfall Brachystegia woodland and along the margins of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Mainly Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Literature:

Ball, J.S. (1978). Southern African Epiphytic Orchids. Conservation Press, Johannesburg. Pages 90 - 91. as Bulbophyllum malawiense (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 317. (Includes a picture).

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 79. as Bulbophyllum malawiense

Johnson, S., Bytebier, B, & Stärker H. (2015). Orchids of South Africa, a Field Guide Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 82. (Includes a picture).

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 49.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 305.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 52. as Bulbophyllum malawiense (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Pages 197 - 198. (Includes a picture).

Linder, H.P. & Kurzweil, H. (1999). Orchids of Southern Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, the Netherlands ISBN 90-5410-445-7 Page 417. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 94.

McMurtry, D., Grobler,L., Grobler, J. & Burns, S. (2008). Field Guide to the ORCHIDS of Northern South Africa and Swaziland Umdaus Press, PO Box 11059 Hatfield 0028 South Africa Pages 418 - 419. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 118.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 132.

Vermeulen, J.J. (1987). A Taxonomic Revision of the Continental African Bulbophyllinae Orchid Monographs Volume 2 E.J. Brill, Leiden-New York-Kopnhavn-Koln Pages 135 - 137. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Bulbophyllum elliotii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=118160, retrieved 28 September 2016

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