Eulophia callichroma Rchb. f.

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Synonyms: Acrolophia paniculata P.J. Cribb
Acrolophia sp. no. 1 sensu Grosvenor (1976) (Drummond 4927)
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Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, up to 50 cm tall. Pseudobulbs mostly above ground, forming a chain, heavily wrinkled. Leaves about 7-11, forming a fan, the lower leaves sheathing the stem, absent at the time of flowering. Inflorescence arising from the upper nodes of the pseudobulb, branched laxly, many-flowered. Flowers yellowish to brownish with a white lip, not opening wide. Lip entire, oblanceolate, greenish-white with brown veining, 5-7 ridges on the apical part. Spur 4-5 mm, cylindric.
Notes: An early flowering species, usually after fire.
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Habitat: In mixed deciduous woodland and associated grassland, often among rocks.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Cribb, P.J. (1977). New orchids from South Central Africa Kew Bulletin 32(1) Pages 172 - 175. as Acrolophia paniculata (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Page 140. also as Tridactyle fragrans (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 330. (Includes a picture).


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eulophia callichroma
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West African Plants database: Eulophia callichroma

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: Eulophia callichroma., retrieved 27 May 2016

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