African Plant Database

Eulophia tenella Rchb. f.
Information on the genus : Eulophia
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Eulophia natalensis Rchb. f.
=Eulophia flaccida Schltr. (1895)
=Eulophia collina Schltr. (1899)
=Eulophia nutans auct. sensu Bolus
=Eulophia mossambicensis Schelpe
=Eulophia humilis Schltr. (1899)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial slender herb; tubers subterranean, in a chain; leaves narrowly linear, 10-21-42x0,1-0,6 cm; inflorescence 18-30 cm tall, densely 5-25-flowered, peduncle with 3 bracts c. 3 cm long; flowers green spotted with brown-purple (sepals), petals pale yellow blotched with purple inside, lip yellowish-brown; bracts lanceolate, 7-10 mm long; pedicel and ovary c. 7 mm long; tepals spreading, oblong, subequal, c. 5-7x2-4 mm; lip c. 6 mm long, 4 mm wide, 3-lobed, with fleshy lamellae on the 3 central nerves; mid-lobe ± emarginate; spur cylindrical, blunt, 2-3 mm long, parallel to ovary.
Ecology : Grassland, vlei; 1500-1800 m alt.
  Coastal E S. Africa.
  Autonomous self-pollination observed by Peter & Johnson (S. Afric. J. Bot. 75: 791-794, 2009), with photographs.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.15 - 0.6 m. Alt: 245 - 1770 m. Distribution: EC, KN, MP

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 373-374 (1999).
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