Eulophia subsaprophytica Schltr.

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Eulophia subsaprophytica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

Eulophia subsaprophytica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

Eulophia subsaprophytica

Picture: Petra Ballings
Christon Bank, carpark

Eulophia subsaprophytica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank, carpark

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Synonyms: Eulophia sp. of Moriarty, Wild Flowers of Malawi: Plate 21, 2 (1975).
Eulophia sp. no. 1 of Grosvenor in Excelsa 6: 82 (1976).
Common names:
Status: Native
Saprophytic terrestrial, up to 70 cm. Stems purple-brown when young, turning greyish with age. Leaves 3, purple-brown, bract-like. Inflorescence lax, up to 20-flowered. Sepals linear, purple-brown, semi-erect, reflexed at the tips. Petals yellowish-purple, overlying the column but curled back at the tips. Lip 3-lobed, pointed, densely papillose, white, yellowish near the base. Spur up to 5 mm, slightly bulbous near the apex.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: subsaprophitica: nearly saprophytic.
Habitat: In miombo, mixed deciduous and mopane woodland, on sandy and loamy soils.
Altitude range: 800 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,C,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 325.

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

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 82.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 527.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 324. (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 96.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 41 - 42. as Eulophia sp. (Includes a picture).

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 162 - 163. (Includes a picture).

Other sources of information about Eulophia subsaprophytica:

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Flora of Malawi: Eulophia subsaprophytica
Flora of Mozambique: Eulophia subsaprophytica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eulophia subsaprophytica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eulophia subsaprophytica
African Plant Database: Eulophia subsaprophytica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eulophia subsaprophytica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eulophia subsaprophytica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eulophia subsaprophytica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eulophia subsaprophytica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Eulophia subsaprophytica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Eulophia subsaprophytica
iNaturalist: Eulophia subsaprophytica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eulophia subsaprophytica
JSTOR Plant Science: Eulophia subsaprophytica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eulophia subsaprophytica
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Eulophia subsaprophytica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eulophia subsaprophytica
Plants of the World Online: Eulophia subsaprophytica
Tropicos: Eulophia subsaprophytica
Wikipedia: Eulophia subsaprophytica

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Eulophia subsaprophytica., retrieved 16 October 2021

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