Eulophia nyasae Rendle

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Eulophia nyasae

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Nr Ruzawi School

Eulophia nyasae

Photo: Bernard Beekes
Nr Ruzawi School

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Synonyms: Eulophia bletilloides Schltr.
Eulophia ecalcarata G. Will.
Eulophia farcta G. Will.
Eulophia florulenta Kraenzl.
Eulophia hockii De Wild.
Eulophia limodoroides Kraenzl.
Eulophia sp. (Williamson & Simon 1764) of Williamson, Orch. S. Centr. Africa: 162 (1977).
Eulophia sp. (Williamson 216) of Williamson, Orch. S. Centr. Africa: 163 (1977).
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust terrestrial, semi-saprophytic herb, 25-40 cm tall, often forming small colonies. Leaves small, up to 6 cm long, brown. Inflorescence laxly to fairly densely many-flowered on a yellowish stem with 4-5 overlapping basal sheaths. Flowers often arising at various angles, not opening wide, pleasantly scented. Sepals more or less erect and somewhat spreading, brownish or greenish tinged purple. Petals yellow-green or whitish tinged purple-brown, overlying the column. Lip white with purple veins, 11-16 mm long, 3-lobed in the apical third; midlobe obovate-oblong with 3 ridges of papillae; margin very wavy. Spur stout, 3-8 mm long, swollen at the tip, straight or decurved.
Derivation of specific name: nyasae: from Malawi (Nyasaland)
Habitat: Occurring in miombo woodland or scrub, usually among rocks on hillsides,
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution:
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 28 January 2010

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 60.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 81. Also as Eulophia florulenta

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 522 - 523.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 318. (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 95.

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 162 - 163. as Eulophia florulenta and also as E. sp. (Williamson & Simon 1764) & (Williamson 216) (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Eulophia nyasae., retrieved 20 April 2024

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