Eulophia pulchra (Thouars) Lindl.

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Eulophia pulchra

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Haroni-Makurupini Forest

Eulophia pulchra

Photo: Alan Gardiner
Haroni-Makurupini Forest

Eulophia pulchra

Photo: Alan Gardiner
Haroni-Makurupini Forest

Eulophia pulchra

Photo: Alan Gardiner
Haroni-Makurupini Forest

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Synonyms: Eulophia silvatica Schltr.
Eulophia striata Rolfe
Eulophidium pulchrum (Thouars) Summerh.
Eulophidium silvaticum (Schltr.) Summerh.
Limodorum pulchrum Thouars
Oeceoclades pulchra (Thouars) Clements & P.J. Cribb
Common names:
Frequency: Local and uncommon
Status: Native
Description:
Terrestrial herb, 60-70 cm high. Pseudobulbs mostly above ground. Leaves 2-4, distinctly petiolate, 30-80 cm long, lanceolate to oblanceolate, plicate. Inflorescence fairly densely many-flowered; bracts 10-25 mm long, linear. Flowers yellow to pale green with purple markings on the side lobes of the lip and an orange callus. Lip 3-lobed but appearing 4-lobed when flattened, 7 mm long and 18 mm wide. Spur 3-4 mm long, globose.
Notes: This species appears to share characteristics with both Eulophia and Oeceoclades. Based on the presence of plicate leaves, it has now been placed in Eulophia. Oeceoclades has conduplicate leaves (La Croix & Cribb in FZ vol. 11-2: 463, 1998).
Derivation of specific name: pulchra: beautiful
Habitat: In deep shade in riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 600 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Friday 1 February 2013
Literature:

Ball, J.S. (2009). Terrestrial African Orchids, A Selected Review Pages 156 - 157. (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P. (1989). Orchidaceae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 420 - 422. as Oeceoclades pulchra

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 68. as Oeceoclades pulchra

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 463.

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 95.


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African Plant Database: Eulophia pulchra
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Eulophia pulchra
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eulophia pulchra
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eulophia pulchra
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eulophia pulchra
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Eulophia pulchra
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eulophia pulchra
Ispot Southern Africa : Eulophia pulchra
JSTOR Plant Science: Eulophia pulchra
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eulophia pulchra
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eulophia pulchra
Tropicos: Eulophia pulchra
West African Plants database: Eulophia pulchra


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 pulchra.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=119510, retrieved 29 August 2016

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