Eulophia parviflora (Lindl.) A.V. Hall

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Eulophia parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Cascades road near plateau above Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Eulophia parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Cascades road near plateau above Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Eulophia parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Cascades road near plateau above Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

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Synonyms: Eulophia aequalis (Lindl.) Bolus
Eulophia oliveriana (Rchb. f.) Bolus
Eulophia swynnertonii Rendle
Lissochilus parviflorus Lindl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb, 20-50 cm tall. Leaves c. 5, tufted, just developing at the time of flowering. Inflorescence laxly up to several-flowered. Flowers c. 3 cm in diameter. Sepals erect or sub-erect, yellowish to greenish, densely veined purple-brown. Petals spreading, yellow with purple-red veining on the inside. Lip 3-lobed with purple veining on the side lobes; mid-lobe yellow with several ridges down the middle papillae. Spur bluntly conical or cylindric, 3-5 mm long.

Note: the specimen in the photographs appears to be lighter and less heavily veined than average. It also flowered quite early in the season (August).
Derivation of specific name: parviflora: small-flowered
Habitat: On open hillsides in submontane grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:(Aug-) Oct
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Monday 15 December 2008

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 61.

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

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 471 - 472.

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.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1953). African orchids XXI Kew Bulletin 8(1) Pages 146 - 147. as Eulophia aequalis

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Eulophia parviflora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eulophia parviflora
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eulophia parviflora
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eulophia parviflora
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Eulophia parviflora., retrieved 1 April 2023

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