Eulophia venulosa Rchb. f.

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Eulophia venulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Eulophia venulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Eulophia venulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Eulophia venulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hawkshead Drive Extension, Harare

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Synonyms: Eulophia encyclioidea Schltr.
Eulophia paradoxa Kraenzl.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial, 20 to 40 cm, growing from ovoid underground pseudobulbous tubers. Leaves linear, just appearing at the time of flowering. Inflorescence 6-11 flowered. Sepals and petals purple-brown, rolled back near the apex. Lip white, side lobes greenish with purple veining; mid-lobe with long white papillae.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: A species of stony or sandy soils in miombo woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1560 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 6 February 2019

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 62.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 81. As Eulophia ?encycloides and E. paradoxa

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 526 - 534. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 322. (Includes a picture).

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 96.

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 136.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 161 - 162. as Eulophia paradoxa (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Eulophia venulosa
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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 venulosa., retrieved 15 June 2024

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