Eulophia katangensis (De Wild.) De Wild.

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Eulophia katangensis

Lusaka SE, Lazy-J Ranch
Dec 2011
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Eulophia paucisquammata De Wild.
Lissochilus katangensis De Wild.
Common names:
Frequency: Fairly common and widespread
Status: Native
Plant 10‒60 cm tall. Perennating organs subterranean, in a compact chain, conical to ovoid, with several nodes, covered in fibrous sheaths. Leaves grass-like, usually produced after flowering. Inflorescence laxly 2‒8-flowered; scape slender with 3 sheaths at the base. Pedicel and ovary 10‒16 mm long; bracts 2‒6 mm long. Flowers more or less erect, facing upward, cream or pale pink with a mauve lip, or brownish with a purple or purple-green lip, the veins darker brown or purple. The dorsal sepal erect, the lateral spreading.
Type location:
Notes: “This species usually flowers very early, before the onset of the rains; many collectors have remarked on the dryness of the soil and surrounding vegetation.” Flora Zambesiaca
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In sparse vegetation in miombo woodland on rocky slopes.
Altitude range: 1000 - 1500 m
Flowering time:(Jul-)Sep
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,Lk
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Content last updated: Tuesday 12 September 2017

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 514 - 516. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 329.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 164 - 165. (Includes a picture).

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eulophia katangensis
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Eulophia katangensis., retrieved 22 September 2017

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