Eulophia clitellifera (Rchb. f.) Bolus

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Eulophia clitellifera

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Borrowdale Common, nr cnr Lanner Ave/Teviotdale Ave

Eulophia clitellifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, nr cnr Lanner Ave/Teviotdale Ave

Eulophia clitellifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, nr cnr Lanner Ave/Teviotdale Ave

Eulophia clitellifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, nr cnr Lanner Ave/Teviotdale Ave

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Synonyms: Eulophia fractiflexa Summerh.
Lissochilus clitellifer Rchb. f.
Lissochilus pulchellus Rendle
Lissochilus rehmannii Rolfe
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, 20 to 60 cm. Leaves about 5 forming a fan, linear-lanceolate, the lower leaves sheathing the stem, normally absent or just developing at the time of flowering. Inflorescence lax, up to 12 flowers; sepals small and purple-brown; petals dull pink with darker veining; lip with distinct yellowish ridges, 3-lobed, funnel-shaped, tapering to a decurved spur.
Derivation of specific name: clitellifera: bearing a saddle, referring to the convex, saddle-like mid-lobe of the lip.
Habitat: A species of vleis, grasslands and open woodlands, early flowering, usually after fire.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1900 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Ghana, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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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.

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 342 - 343. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 120.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 244 - 245. (Includes a picture).

Stewart, J. & Campbell, B. (1996). Orchids of Kenya Timber Press Inc, Portland Oregon, USA ISBN0-88192-357-5 Page 116.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1953). African orchids XXI Kew Bulletin 8(1) Pages 155 - 156.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Eulophia clitellifera
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eulophia clitellifera
African Plant Database: Eulophia clitellifera
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JSTOR Plant Science: Eulophia clitellifera
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eulophia clitellifera
Plants of the World Online: Eulophia clitellifera
Tropicos: Eulophia clitellifera
Wikipedia: Eulophia clitellifera

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eulophia clitellifera., retrieved 28 May 2024

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