Oeceoclades decaryana (H. Perrier) Garay & P. Taylor

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Oeceoclades decaryana

Photo: Warren McCleland
South of Inhassoro, Inhambane province

Oeceoclades decaryana

Photo: Warren McCleland
South of Inhassoro, Inhambane province

Oeceoclades decaryana

Photo: Warren McCleland
South of Inhassoro, Inhambane province

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Synonyms: Eulophia decaryana H. Perrier
Eulophidium decaryanum (H. Perrier) Summerh.
Lissochilus decaryanus (H. Perrier) H. Perrier
Common names:
Frequency: Very rare if not extinct in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Hairless terrestrial herb, 20-40 cm tall with ovoid, oblong or cylindrical pseudobulbs,2-4 cm long. Leaf solitary, oblong-lanceolate or oblong-elliptic, 10-30 cm long, folded along the length towards the base, leathery, grey-green mottled with dark green; petiole 1-2 cm long. Inflorescence erect, simple or with 1-2 short branches, fairly laxly 10-20-flowered. Sepals linear-ligulate or narrowly oblanceolate, 7-13 mm long, greenish-white, greenish-pink or straw-coloured, dorsal sepal erect, lateral sepals deflexed. Petals obliquely oblong-elliptic, 8.5-11 mm, same colours as the sepals. Lip 3-lobed, 7-9 mm long, white with 2 purple-red blotches at the base of the mid-lobe and side-lobes purple-veined and erect. Spur stout, straight, 4-5 mm long, bulbous at the the tip.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In rocky areas in riverine forest and under shrubs on rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 900 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan.
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Extinct?
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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: Oeceoclades decaryana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=119800, retrieved 22 May 2024

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