Eulophia fridericii (Rchb. f.) A.V. Hall

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Eulophia fridericii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Eulophia fridericii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Eulophia fridericii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Eulophia fridericii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

Eulophia fridericii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Aberfoyle, Honde Valley

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Synonyms: Lissochilus latifolius Schltr.
Lissochilus roseolabius Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, 35-85 cm tall. Pseudobulbs often partly above ground, conical, up to 40 × 17 mm, forming chains. Leaves 3-5, the lowermost sheathing, ovate-elliptic, up to 14 × 5.5 cm, bright green, plicate' appearing just at the time of flowering. Inflorescence laxly up to 20-flowered. Sepals greenish to purple-brown, spreading, often somewhat twisted. Petals yellow, heavily veined purple-red, up to 10 × 10 mm, almost round, pointing forward, overlying the column. Lip 9-16 mm long, 3-lobed, yellow, hevily veined purple-red; side lobes erect; mid-lobe bent down at a right angle and the tip turned up. Spur more or less absent but the base of the lip saccate with a transverse, lacerate flap.
Notes: The solitary but apparently healthy specimen in the photographs was found growing among the roots of an old Flame tree (Delonix regia) in the lawn of a hotel garden. The nearest natural habitats are extensive areas of low-altitude and riverine evergreen forest. A most unusual habitat choice for this species.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Mixed deciduous and Brachystegia woodland, often on rocky hillsides (see note).
Altitude range: (metres) 700 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 11 October 2011

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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 135.

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Flora of Botswana: Eulophia fridericii
Flora of Malawi: Eulophia fridericii
Flora of Mozambique: Eulophia fridericii
Flora of Zambia: Eulophia fridericii

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eulophia fridericii
African Plant Database: Eulophia fridericii
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Eulophia fridericii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eulophia fridericii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eulophia fridericii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eulophia fridericii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eulophia fridericii
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eulophia fridericii
Ispot Southern Africa: Eulophia fridericii
JSTOR Plant Science: Eulophia fridericii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eulophia fridericii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eulophia fridericii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eulophia fridericii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Eulophia fridericii
Tropicos: Eulophia fridericii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eulophia fridericii., retrieved 16 December 2018

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