African Plant Database

Eulophia obscura P.J. Cribb
Protologue : Kew Bull. 32(1): 171 (1977)
Information on the genus : Eulophia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Eulophia bouharmontii Geerinck
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb, inconspicuous, 25-60 cm tall; tubers subterranean, c. 3 cm high, 2 cm Ø; leaves developing after anthesis, linear, 4-12x0,2 cm; inflorescence laxly 6-10-flowered; peduncle with several sheaths; flowers drooping, not opening wide, purplish (sepals), petals greenish-(yellow), lip cream with purple margins and yellow papillae; bracts lanceolate, 2-5-10 mm long; pedicel and ovary 8-12 mm long; tepals parallel to column, narrowly ovate, 6-10x2 mm; lip oblong, 7-9x3-4 mm, 3-lobed in apical half; side lobes erect, acute; mid-lobe oblong, 3x2,5 mm, margins undulate; callus of 3 prominent nerves, mid-lobe covered with long papillae; spur very slender, parallel to ovary, 3-6 mm long.
Ecology : Growing in small colonies in Brachystegia woodland on dry rocky soil, stony hills or granite outcrops; transition between dry savanna and open woodland; 1200-1510 m alt.
  Probably under-collected. Near E. penduliflora.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 523
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