African Plant Database

Eulophia dactylifera P.J. Cribb
Protologue : Kew Bull. 32(1): 163 (1977)
Information on the genus : Eulophia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb, slender, 60-80 cm tall; tubers ± conical, 3x1,5 cm, forming a short chain; leaves 5-6, the lowest 2 sheath-like, the upper ones ovate-acute, 10-15x3,5-4 cm, margins undulate; inflorescence spike laxly > 40-flowered, c. 30 cm long; flowers c. 18 mm Ø, yellow, lip with purple veins; bracts lanceolate-acuminate, c. 6 mm long; pedicel and ovary c. 13 mm long, decurved; sepals erect, obovate, 9-10x c. 4 mm; petals obliquely ovate, apiculate, 9x7 mm, lying over the column; lip ± triangular, 9x6 mm, obscurely 3-lobed near base, with 2 parallel calli in the throat, each branched, with radiating papillose projections; from base of each callus a low verrucose crest runs down the lip; side lobes rounded; mid-lobe triangular, obtuse; spur conical, short.
Ecology : Sandy mopane woodland with xerophytic species, i.a., Euphorbia cooperi, Caralluma schweinfurthii, Kalanchoe sp., Crassula spp.
  Related to E. friderici, E. gonychila. Easily distinguished by its branched calli.
  Known from very few collections.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 481
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