Eulophia petersii (Rchb. f. ) Rchb. f.

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Eulophia petersii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Mt Chizui, c. 5 km South of Chimoio, Manica Province

Eulophia petersii

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Mt Chizui, c. 5 km South of Chimoio, Manica Province

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Synonyms: Galeandra petersii Rchb. f.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Robust terrestrial with large pseudobulbs mostly above ground. Leaves 2-4, grey-green, stiffly succulent with serrated margins, somewhat folded along their length. Inflorescences up to 2.5 m tall, branched, laxly many-flowered. Petals erect and sepals overlying the column, all green, heavily tinged with purple-brown and curled back at the apex. Lip 3-lobed; sidelobes greenish with purple veining; mid-lobe white with purple lamellae. Spur 6 mm, cylindric.
Derivation of specific name: petersii: named after Professor Wilhelm Peters (1815-1863) of Berlin who collected in Mozambique in the early 19th century.
Habitat: A widespread species, often forming large colonies with, growing with other succulent plants, on shallow soil overlying granite domes or in sandy soils in hot, dry areas of woodland or riverine fringes.
Altitude range: Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,M
Growth form(s): Lithophyte, terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 19 November 2011

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 74. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 129.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 466 - 468. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 331. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Eulophia petersii
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eulophia petersii
African Plant Database: Eulophia petersii
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Eulophia petersii
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eulophia petersii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eulophia petersii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eulophia petersii
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eulophia petersii
JSTOR Plant Science: Eulophia petersii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eulophia petersii
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eulophia petersii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eulophia petersii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Eulophia petersii
Tropicos: Eulophia petersii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Eulophia petersii., retrieved 26 April 2018

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