African Plant Database

Eulophia thomsonii Rolfe
Protologue : Fl. Trop. Afr. [Oliver et al.] 7(1): 66 (1897)
Information on the genus : Eulophia
Status for TA : rejected (present), is synonym of : Orthochilus thomsonii (Rolfe) Bytebier
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Orthochilus thomsonii (Rolfe) Bytebier (2014)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 22-40 cm tall; tubers irregularly shaped, oblong-ellipsoidal, 2,5-4x1,5-2,5 cm, 3-5-noded, in a chain; leaves 1-2, erect, linear, grass-like, 15-32x0,6-1 cm, subtended by 2 sheaths, partly developed at anthesis; inflorescence a subspherical head, densely many-flowered, 6 cm long, 5-7 cm Ø; flowers not opening widely, creamy white with a deep purple spot on lip; bracts linear, 15-25 mm long; pedicel and ovary 10-15 mm long, ± arched; sepals lanceolate, keeled on outside, dorsal 19-25x7-8 mm, laterals 21-30x7-10 mm; petals elliptic-lanceolate, 18-24x5-8 mm; lip 16-20 mm long, 11-15 mm wide, 3-lobed; side lobes erect; mid-lobe suborbicular, 10-12x10 mm; callus of 7 papillose ridges turning to papillae at base of mid-lobe; spur conical, recurved, 1-3 mm long; fruit pendent, 15-20 mm long.
Ecology : Grassland; burnt open woodland of Protea, Erythrina; 1550-2550 m alt.
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Record n°45976 modified 2007-04-05
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