African Plant Database

Eulophia subsaprophytica Schltr.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 576 (1915) 
Information on the genus : Eulophia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial semi-saprophytic herb 22-80 cm tall, growing in colonies; rhizome subterranean, branched, cigar-shaped, to 15 cm long, 1-1,4 cm Ø, many-noded, with triangular scales at nodes; leaves vestigial, at base, bract-like, 4-9 cm long, purplish, scale-like at nodes of peduncle; inflorescence laxly 10-20-flowered; flowers brown/purple (sepals) and yellow/purple (petals, lip); bracts triangular, 7x1 mm; pedicel and ovary c. 10 mm long; sepals semi-erect, linear, 13-21x1,5-2 mm; petals ± lanceolate, 12-15x2-3 mm, lying over column, tips curved back; lip 11-25 mm long, 7-10 mm wide, 3-lobed at half-way; side lobes erect; mid-lobe elliptic, 6-10x6-8 mm, edges undulate; callus of 3 basal ridges turning to papillae on mid-lobe; spur 3-5 mm long, straight; fruit pendent, 12 mm long.
Ecology : Brachystegia, Brachystegia/Uapaca, (escarpment) miombo, mixed deciduous and mopane woodlands; on Kalahari sand and sandy loam soil; in tall grass; scrub; bush; often on stony sloping ground and where grass-cover is sparse; 700-1600 m alt.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1998). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[2]: 527
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