Eulophia speciosa (R. Br. ex Lindl.) Bolus

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Eulophia speciosa

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Plateau above Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

Eulophia speciosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

Eulophia speciosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

Eulophia speciosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Morumbodzi Falls, lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa.

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Synonyms: Eulophia wakefieldii (Rchb. f. & S. Moore) Summerh.
Lissochilus brevisepalus Rendle
Lissochilus speciosus R.Br. ex Lindl.
Lissochilus wakefieldii Rchb. f. & S. Moore
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Robust terrestrial herb up to 1.5 (-1.8) m tall. Leaves narrowly lanceolate, fleshy, up to 65 cm long, usually absent at the time of flowering. Inflorescence 10-30-flowered. Flowers up to 4 cm in diameter. Sepals green; petals spreading, ovate, bright yellow. Lip bright yellow with reddish lines radiating from the centre. Spur conical, 3-8 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: speciosa: showy, good-looking
Habitat: In many types of woodland and grassland.
Altitude range: 200 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution: from the Arabian Peninsula through the eastern side of Africa to the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,M
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 16 December 2008

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Other sources of information about Eulophia speciosa:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Eulophia speciosa
Flora of Caprivi: Eulophia speciosa
Flora of Malawi: Eulophia speciosa
Flora of Zambia: Eulophia speciosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eulophia speciosa

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eulophia speciosa
African Plant Database: Eulophia speciosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eulophia speciosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eulophia speciosa
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eulophia speciosa
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eulophia speciosa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Eulophia speciosa
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Eulophia speciosa
iNaturalist: Eulophia speciosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eulophia speciosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Eulophia speciosa
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eulophia speciosa
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eulophia speciosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eulophia speciosa
Plants of the World Online: Eulophia speciosa
Tropicos: Eulophia speciosa
Wikipedia: Eulophia speciosa

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 speciosa., retrieved 29 March 2023

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