Ypsilopus erectus (P.J. Cribb) P.J. Cribb & J.L. Stewart

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Ypsilopus erectus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Ypsilopus erectus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

Ypsilopus erectus

Photo: Petra Ballings
Castleburn Cliffs, Vumba

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Synonyms: Ypsilopus longifolius (Kraenzl.) Summerh. subsp. erectus P.J. Cribb
Ypsilopus sp. no. 1 sensu Grosvenor (1976)
Common names:
Status: Native
Elegant epiphytic or occasionally lithophytic herb. The short stem is normally hidden by roots and old leaf bases. The linear leaves are up to 15 cm long and stand in an erect fan. Three to six inflorescences arise below the leaves. Each spike carrying up to 12 white flowers with curved greenish spurs of 45 mm in length.
Derivation of specific name: erectus: erect
Habitat: Growing in Brachystegia woodland on rocky mountain slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Mar - Apr
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Cribb, P.J. (1977). New orchids from South Central Africa Kew Bulletin 32(1) Pages 176 - 180. as Ypsilopus longifolia subsp. erecta (Includes a picture).

Kimberley, M.J. (2003). A List of Epiphytic Orchids of Zimbabwe Excelsa 20 Page 52.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 456 - 458. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 144 - 145. as Ypsilopus longifolia (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 297. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 142.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ypsilopus erectus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Ypsilopus erectus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ypsilopus erectus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Ypsilopus erectus
Tropicos: Ypsilopus erectus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Ypsilopus erectus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=119050, retrieved 21 July 2019

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