African Plant Database

Eulophia parvula (Rendle) Summerh.
Information on the genus : Eulophia
Basionym : Lissochilus parvulus Rendle
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Lissochilus parvulus Rendle (1895)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Eulophia ledermannii Kraenzl. (1912)
=Eulophia lisowskii Szlach. (1993)
=Eulophia tanganyikae Kraenzl.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 20-60 cm tall, very slender; pseudobulbs subterranean, conical, irregularly shaped, 1,5-3,3x c. 2,5 cm, in a chain; leaves to 7, arising after anthesis, linear, not folded, 10-30x c. 1 cm; inflorescence peduncle with 2-3 sheaths; rachis 7-30 cm long, c. 20-flowered; bracts linear, 5-7 mm long; flowers small, widely spaced, yellow(-green), streaked with purple; pedicel and ovary wiry, 8-15 mm long, purple; sepals spreading or reflexed, oblong-elliptic, 4-6x2-3 mm; petals broadly ovate, 4-5,5x3,5-5 mm; lip 5-6 mm long, 4-6 mm wide, 3-lobed; side lobes elliptic, fused to column in basal half, erect; mid-lobe rounded, c. 3-4x3-4mm; callus of 3-5 fleshy rugulose ridges; spur conical, 1 mm long; fruit pendent, 15-20 mm long, purple.
Ecology : Brachystegia woodland, on dry rocky soil; seasonally burnt grassland; dry bush (with seasonal fires); dry forest; on open dry laterite; often on a hillside; 300-1700 m alt.
  Similar to E. pyrophila but smaller. The relationship between the two needs investigating. Summerhayes (Kew Bull. 12: 125, 1957) stated: “I decided to treat this concept as conspecific…Further investigation, with information about the two plants in the field, has, however, led me to the view that it is better kept separate, as I had at first thought probable”. – Agnew (1994 & 2013 cited above) remarks that E. parvula was once found in Kenya in 1894, in similar habitats to E. pyrophila. – Eulophia parvula in I. la Croix & al., Orchids Malawi: 331, 1991, is E. pyrophila.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 485
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