Eulophia rolfeana Kraenzl.

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Eulophia rolfeana

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Eulophia rolfeana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Eulophia rolfeana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Eulophia rolfeana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

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Synonyms: Eulophia sp. no. 5 sensu Grosvenor (1976) (Wild 4214)
Eulophia williamsonii Cribb
Eulophia sp. ( Williamson & Drummond 1625) of Williamson, Orch. S. Centr. Africa: 165 (1977).
Common names:
Slender terrestrial herb, 20-30 cm. Leaves usually 3, grass-like, just developing at the time of flowering. Inflorescence laxly up to 5-flowered. Sepals erect or suberect, purple-brown. Petals overlying the column, yellow-green with purple veining on the inside. Lip 3-lobed; mid-lobe yellow-green, purple near the apex with yellowish papillae. Spur cylindric, short, c. 2 mm, at right angles to the lip.
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Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Zambia and Zimbabwe
Malawi distribution:
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Cribb, P.J. (1977). New orchids from South Central Africa Kew Bulletin 32(1) Pages 165 - 169. as Eulophia williamsonii (Includes a picture).

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 61.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 82. As Eulophia sp. 5

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 532 - 533.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 326. (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 96.

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

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

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 164 - 165. as Eulophia sp. ( Williamson & Drummond 1625) (Includes a picture).

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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: Eulophia rolfeana., retrieved 16 April 2024

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