Eulophia speciosa (R. Br. ex Lindl.) Bolus

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Eulophia speciosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
Just north of the Mukuvisi River, Mukuvisi Woodland

Eulophia speciosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
Just north of the Mukuvisi River, Mukuvisi Woodland

Eulophia speciosa

Photo: Mark Hyde
Just north of the Mukuvisi River, Mukuvisi Woodland

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Synonyms: Eulophia wakefieldii (Rchb. f. & S. Moore) Summerh.
Lissochilus brevisepalus Rendle
Lissochilus speciosus R.Br. ex Lindl.
Lissochilus wakefieldii Rchb. f. & S. Moore
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Robust terrestrial herb up to 1.5 (-1.8) m tall. Leaves narrowly lanceolate, fleshy, up to 65 cm long, usually absent at the time of flowering. Inflorescence 10-30-flowered. Flowers up to 4 cm in diameter. Sepals green; petals spreading, ovate, bright yellow. Lip bright yellow with reddish lines radiating from the centre. Spur conical, 3-8 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: speciosa: showy, good-looking
Habitat: In many types of woodland and grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution: from the Arabian Peninsula through the eastern side of Africa to the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,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 16 December 2008

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 73. (Includes a picture).

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 236 - 237. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 129.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 479 - 481.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 338. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 128.

Other sources of information about Eulophia speciosa:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Eulophia speciosa
Flora of Caprivi: Eulophia speciosa
Flora of Malawi: Eulophia speciosa
Flora of Mozambique: Eulophia speciosa
Flora of Zambia: Eulophia speciosa

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eulophia speciosa
African Plant Database: Eulophia speciosa
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Eulophia speciosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eulophia speciosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eulophia speciosa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eulophia speciosa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eulophia speciosa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Eulophia speciosa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Eulophia speciosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eulophia speciosa
Ispot Southern Africa: Eulophia speciosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Eulophia speciosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eulophia speciosa
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eulophia speciosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eulophia speciosa
The Plant List (version 1.1): Eulophia speciosa
Tropicos: Eulophia speciosa

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: Eulophia speciosa., retrieved 17 July 2019

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