Eulophia penduliflora Kraenzl.

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Eulophia penduliflora

Photo: Bernard Beekes
Nr Ruzawi School

Eulophia penduliflora

Photo: Bernard Beekes
Nr Ruzawi School

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Synonyms: Eulophia angustilabellata De Wild.
Eulophia lambinoniana Geerinck
Eulophia lindiana Kraenzl.
Eulophia nana Schltr
Common names:
Small, slender terrestrial, 10-20 cm tall. Pseudobulbs usually partly above ground. Leaves partly developed at flowering time, 3-9, linear, up to 30 cm long. Inflorescence laxly 4-9-flowered. Flowers variable in colour, different colour forms often occurring in a single colony. Sepals somewhat spreading with the tips curved back, purple to purple-brown. Petals overlying the column, bright yellow or yellowish-white with a purple-brown mid line. Lip 3-lobed in the apical third, bright yellow with purple veins inside or greenish-white with yellow papillae. Spur 4-6 mm long, cylindric, usually slightly swollen at the tip, parallel to the ovary and often slightly upcurved at the tip.
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Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution:
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Pages 59 - 61. Also as Eulophia lindiana

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Pages 81 - 82. Also as Eulophia lindiana

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 515 - 528. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 321. also as Eulophia lindiana (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 95.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 120.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1957). African orchids XXIV Kew Bulletin 12(1) Pages 125 - 126. Also as Eulophia lindiana

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 167 - 168. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Eulophia penduliflora., retrieved 8 December 2023

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