Eulophia parvula (Rendle) Summerh.

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Synonyms: Eulophia ledermannii Kraenzl.
Eulophia tanganyikae Kraenzl.
Lissochilus parvulus Rendle
Common names:
Very slender terrestrial herb 20–60 cm tall growing from irregularly conical tuberous rootstock often forming chains. Leaves c. 7, 10–30 × 0.8–1.3 mm, linear, acute, not plicate, absent at flowering time. Inflorescence rather laxly many-flowered; capsules starting to develop before the flowers fade. Pedicel and ovary 12–15 mm long. Flowers very small, yellow-green streaked with purple or chocolate-brown with a yellow lip. Sepals 4–5 × 2.2–3 mm, oblong-elliptic, obtuse. Petals 4–5 × 3.5–5 mm, broadly ovate to suborbicular. Lip 5–6 × 4–5 mm, 3-lobed; side lobes erect, joined at base to column; mid-lobe 3–4 × 3–3.8 mm, convex, suborbicular, obtuse; spur conical, very short, c. 1 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: parvula: little, tiny, puny, referring to the small size of the flowers.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Sudan, Congo-Brazzaville, Angola, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: N
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 168 - 169. (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 parvula., retrieved 21 July 2024

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