African Plant Database

Eurychone rothschildiana (O'Brien) Schltr.
Information on the genus : Eurychone
Basionym : Angraecum rothschildianum O'Brien
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Angraecum rothschildianum O'Brien (1903)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Epiphytic herb; stem horizontal, 2-8 cm long; leaves 3-8, obovate, 6-21x2-7 cm, dark green, unequally subacutely 2-lobed, margins undulate; inflorescences below or among the leaves, 3-10 cm long, 2-6(-12)-flowered, peduncle very short; flowers (greenish-)white with a green and a purple blotch on lip at spur entrance, scented; bracts triangular, 2-5 mm long; pedicel and ovary c. 10 mm long; sepals oblong-elliptic, 20-25x6-7 mm; petals similar but slightly shorter and wider; lip ovate, 20-27x20-25 mm, funnel-shaped, edges undulate and erose, emarginate with mucro in the sinus; spur 18-25 mm long, conical at base, constricted in middle, apex inflated, geniculate.
Ecology : Rain-forest; evergreen forest, in shade; shrubby fringes of inselbergs; old coffee plantations, cocoa plantations; on tree trunks, small branches, on large and small trees, shrubs, usually near the ground; noted on Acacia kirkii; 0-1200 m alt.
  Bioko/Fernando Poo.
  “Requires careful culture” (Rhodehamel, l.c.). It “may be habitually short-lived…people say that plants have died suddenly” (I. & E. la Croix, l.c.). “After sunset, the comparatively large flowers emit a strong cinnamon-related scent” (Kaiser, 2010: 264); “scent like lemon soap or lily-of-the-valley” [Convallaria]. Non-flowering plants resemble and may be mistaken for Aerangis kotschyana
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carte afrique num 47021
Record n°47021 modified 2007-04-03
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