Orthochilus rarus (Schltr.) Bytebier

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Orthochilus rarus

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, by path by Mukuvisi River

Orthochilus rarus

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, by path by Mukuvisi River

Orthochilus rarus

Photo: Mark Hyde
Mukuvisi Woodland, by path by Mukuvisi River

Orthochilus rarus

Photo: Jean-Michel Blake
Zambesi Holidays camp, Marondera

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Synonyms: Eulophia rara Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb to 36 cm tall with irregularly-shaped underground tubers. Leaves 4-5, linear, grass-like, present at flowering time. Inflorescence lax or dense with few to several flowers. Flowers not opening widely, becoming pendent, usually dull mauve to purplish. Lip 3-lobed with 2 lamellae running from near the base to the about the centre of the lobe; spur 1-2 mm long, narrowly cylindric or cylindric-clavate. Fruit pendent.
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Habitat: In deciduous miombo woodland
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 20 July 2016

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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 507 - 508.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 311.

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 96. As Eulophia rara

Martos, F., Johnson, S.D., Peter, C.I & Bytebier, B. (2014). A molecular phylogeny reveals paraphyly of the large genus Eulophia (Orchidaceae): A case for the reinstatement of Orthochilus Taxon 63(1) Page 20.

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 136.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Orthochilus rarus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=119530, retrieved 13 July 2024

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