Eulophia norlindhii Summerh.

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Eulophia norlindhii

Miombo woodland
Lilayi Lodge
Dec 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Eulophia norlindhii

Miombo woodland
Lilayi Lodge
Dec 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Eulophia norlindhii

Miombo woodland
Lilayi Lodge
Dec 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Eulophia milnei Rchb. f. var. norlindhii (Summerh.) Geerinck
Common names:
Status: Native
Very small, slender terrestrial up to 35 cm tall, leafless at flowering time. Inflorescence up to 10-flowered, often secund. Flowers drooping. Sepals somewhat spreading, yellow-green, marked brownish inside. Petals yellow-green, overlying the column. Lip 3-lobed, white; midlobe with 3 ridges of papillae. Spur c. 3 mm, spherical at the the tip.
Type location:
Notes: This is one of the smallest and most inconspicuous species in the genus, often less than 15 cm tall, and likely to be overlooked.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In miombo woodland, often on granite hills and rocky kopjes.
Altitude range: 500 - 1500 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,C,Lk
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 12 February 2020

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Cribb, P.J. (1989). Orchidaceae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 463.

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La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 317. (Includes a picture).

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 95.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 120.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 136.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 160 - 161.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Eulophia norlindhii., retrieved 28 May 2022

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