Eulophia livingstoniana (Rchb. f.) Summerh.

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Eulophia livingstoniana

Serenje Central
Dec 2014
Photo: Jakob Fahr

Eulophia livingstoniana

Serenje Central
Dec 2014
Photo: Jakob Fahr

Eulophia livingstoniana

Miombo Woodland
Lazy-J Ranch
Nov 2015
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Eulophia livingstoneana (Rchb. f.) Summerh.
Lissochilus livingstoneanus Rchb. f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, mostly up to 70 cm. Leaves only just starting to develop at flowering time. Inflorescence laxly up to 12-flowered. Petals and sepals varying from very pale pink to deep purple-pink. Petals erect; sepals reflexed. Lip 3-lobed; side lobes spreading, greenish-brown with darker veins; mid-lobe deep purple-pink, white towards the throat, reflexed on the sides. Column purple, up to 10 mm long, very conspicuous. Spur 6 mm, conical, obtuse, more or less covered by the reflexed sepals. The flowers may vary considerably in colour and size but the distinct shape makes them easily recognisable.
Type location:
Syntypes from Malawi
Derivation of specific name: livingstoniana: named after the legendary Scottish explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873).
Habitat: In a variety of woodland and grassland habitats, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: Up to 2200 m
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution:
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,C,S,W
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 19 July 2016

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 236 - 237. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 498 - 500. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 335. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 127.

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Flora of Botswana: Eulophia livingstoniana
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Flora of Mozambique: Eulophia livingstoniana
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eulophia livingstoniana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eulophia livingstoniana
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eulophia livingstoniana
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Eulophia livingstoniana., retrieved 23 May 2019

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