African Plant Database

Eulophia aloifolia Welw. ex Rchb. f.
Information on the genus : Eulophia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Graphorkis aloifolia (Welw. ex Rchb. f.) Kuntze
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb; pseudobulbs oblong-elliptical covered with persistent leaf-sheaths; leaves ligulate, acute, cartilaginous, crenulate or denticulate, glaucous, c. 30-60 x c. 2 cm, 5-nerved; inflorescence 120-150 cm tall, with distant sheaths below, paniculately branched above, many-flowered; bracts triangular-acute, shorter than ovary; flowers “as large as those of E. tristis Spreng., greenish purple” [= Acrolophia capensis (P. J. Bergius) Fourc. in S S. Africa = 10-15 mm long]; sepals ligulate, acute; petals ligulate-oblong, acute; lip cuneate-oblong, apex 3-fid; side lobes rectangular; mid-lobe roundish-oblong, fleshy, apiculate, crisped-lobulate; spur cylindrical, obtuse, 1/5 as long as lip; column clavate (from Fl. Trop. Afr., l.c.).
Ecology : Among shrubs on rocky slopes by side of River Cuanza (Welwitsch 682).
  Dubious species, by Reichenbach (Flora Regensburg 50: 104, 1867) compared with Acrolophia capensis. Known only from the type collected in 1857.
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