Eulophia stachyodes Rchb. f.

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Eulophia stachyodes

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Between Karoi and Shamrocke, Urungwe District.

Eulophia stachyodes

Photo: Caitlin Sellers
Between Karoi and Shamrocke, Urungwe District.

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Synonyms: Eulophia kirkii Rolfe
Eulophia lambii Rolfe
Eulophia variopicta Chiov.
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb up to 80 cm tall. leaves 4-5, well developed at flowering time, suberect with a distinct petiole, longest up to 1 m long, lanceolate or oblanceolate, plicate. Inflorescence fairly densely many-flowered; bracts 10-55 mm long, linear lanceolate. Flowers spreading. Sepals dull greenish, bronze or greenish-red, 14-23 mm long, narrowly oblong. petals white 13-18 mm long, elliptic-oblong, projecting over the column. Lip 3-lobed, 12-17 mm long, green with a purple callus. Spur incurved, conical-cylindric, 4 mm long.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Near vleis, in grassland and along margins of riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 660 - 1300 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 120.

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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 stachyodes., retrieved 24 June 2024

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