African Plant Database

Eulophia gonychila Schltr.
Protologue : Kunene-Sambesi-Exped. 217 (1903)
Information on the genus : Eulophia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Eulophia brunnea (Kraenzl.) Butzin
=Lissochilus brunneus Kraenzl. (1912)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 15-40 cm tall; pseudobulbs ± above ground, conical, 2-3x1,5-2 cm, 4-noded; leaves 3-4, usually absent at anthesis, folded, oblong(-elliptic), 8-15x3-5,5 cm, obtuse; inflorescence peduncle 8-17 cm long with 3 tubular sheaths at base; rachis 6-13 cm long, 6-20-flowered; flowers spreading, strongly scented, pink veined with red; bracts lanceolate, 7-8 mm long; pedicel and ovary 10-14 mm long; sepals oblanceolate, 11-15x4-8 mm, edges undulate; dorsal sepal erect, laterals recurved; petals ± orbicular, 9-11x9-11 mm; lip c. 15 mm long, obscurely 3-lobed, with a lacerate membrane in throat with 1-3 fleshy rugulose ridges in front; mid-lobe triangular, 8-9x6-7 mm, convex; spur obscure; fruit unknown ?
Ecology : Plateau woodland; miombo and mixed deciduous woodland; recently burnt grassland; 900-1770 m alt.
  Very similar to E. friderici, differing mostly in flower colour. Further study needed to determine if they are conspecific (then E. friderici has priority).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 482
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 45911
Record n°45911
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