Eulophia fridericii (Rchb. f.) A.V. Hall

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Eulophia fridericii

Miombo woodland
Lusaka National Park
Dec 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

Eulophia fridericii

Miombo woodland
Lusaka National Park
Dec 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

Eulophia fridericii

Miombo woodland
Lusaka National Park
Dec 2016
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Lissochilus latifolius Schltr.
Lissochilus roseolabius Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, 35-85 cm tall. Pseudobulbs often partly above ground, conical, up to 40 × 17 mm, forming chains. Leaves 3-5, the lowermost sheathing, ovate-elliptic, up to 14 × 5.5 cm, bright green, plicate' appearing just at the time of flowering. Inflorescence laxly up to 20-flowered. Sepals greenish to purple-brown, spreading, often somewhat twisted. Petals yellow, heavily veined purple-red, up to 10 × 10 mm, almost round, pointing forward, overlying the column. Lip 9-16 mm long, 3-lobed, yellow, hevily veined purple-red; side lobes erect; mid-lobe bent down at a right angle and the tip turned up. Spur more or less absent but the base of the lip saccate with a transverse, lacerate flap.
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Habitat: Mixed deciduous and Brachystegia woodland, often on rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: 700 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 14 July 2020

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Flora of Botswana: Eulophia fridericii
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Eulophia fridericii., retrieved 30 September 2023

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