Eulophia tenella Rchb. f.

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Eulophia tenella

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinziwa, Vumba

Eulophia tenella

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinziwa, Vumba

Eulophia tenella

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinziwa, Vumba

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Synonyms: Eulophia natalensis Rchb. f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small terrestrial less than 30 cm tall. Leaves linear, grass-like, usually present at time of flowering. Inflorescence fairly densely few to several flowered. Sepals greenish, heavily spotted brown or dull purple; petals pale yellow, blotched with purple on the inside; lip 3-lobed, yellowish-brown with fleshy lamellae on the 3 central veins; spur 2-3.5 mm.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In submontane grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution:
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Monday 3 November 2008

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Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 62.

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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 96.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 84.

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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 tenella., retrieved 18 May 2024

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