Orthochilus eustachyus (Rchb. f.) Bytebier

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Orthochilus eustachyus

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Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

Orthochilus eustachyus

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Haka game reserve

Orthochilus eustachyus

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Near main road boundary, Nyanga National Park

Orthochilus eustachyus

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Small Bridge Dam

Orthochilus eustachyus

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By Circular Drive, Nyanga NP

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Synonyms: Eulophia eustachya (Rchb.f.) Geerinck
Pteroglossaspis engleriana Kraenzl.
Pteroglossaspis eustachya Rchb. f.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb, up to 65 cm. Leaves 2-3, linear, 25-40 cm, sheathing at the base. Inflorescence short and crowded. Flowers usually white, sometimes dull yellow or maroon. The lip is always dark purple or violet and lacks a spur.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In moist grassland and vlei margins.
Altitude range: (metres) 1400 - 1950 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 29 July 2015

Ball, J.S. (2009). Terrestrial African Orchids, A Selected Review Pages 118 - 119. (Includes a picture).

Cribb, P.J. (1989). Orchidaceae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 480 - 482. as Pteroglossaspis eustachya (Includes a picture).

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 69. as Pteroglossaspis eustachya

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 85. as Pteroglossaspis eustachya

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 544 - 546. as Pteroglossaspis eustachya (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 97. as Pteroglossaspis eustachya

Martos, F., Johnson, S.D., Peter, C.I & Bytebier, B. (2014). A molecular phylogeny reveals paraphyly of the large genus Eulophia (Orchidaceae): A case for the reinstatement of Orthochilus Taxon 63(1) Page 19.

Schelpe, E.A.C.L.E. (1976). A Provisional Checklist of the Orchidaceae of Mozambique South African Journal of Botany 42(4) Page 392. as Pteroglossaspis eustachya

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 152. as Pteroglossaspis eustachya


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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: Orthochilus eustachyus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=119850, retrieved 23 October 2016

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