Eulophia malangana (Rchb.f.) Summerh.

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Eulophia malangana

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Serenje Central

Eulophia malangana

Photo: Jakob Fahr
Serenje Central

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Synonyms: Eulophia rigidifolia Kraenzl.
Eulophia warburgi Schltr.
Lissochilus malanganus Rchb. f.
Common names:
Terrestrial herb 60-100 cm tall growing from subterranean elongated rhizome; leaves 2-6, 27-52 cm x 4-14 mm, linear, absent or just starting to at flowering time; inflorescence laxlyto densely several to many flowered; scape with 3-4 sheaths spread along its length; flowers white, sepals green towards apex, lip sometimes flushed with lilac at base; ovary and pedicel 10-20 mm long; bracts 6-10 mm long, lanceolate; sepals all similar, erect, spathulate, 10-13 x 4.5-9.5 mm; petals 9-13 x 8-11 mm, elliptic to circular, lying over column; lip 13-21.5 x 8-12 mm, obscurely 3-lobed; mid-lobe 9.5-12.5 mm long with callus of 5 low keels in the centre, margins undulate (wavy), side lobes narrowly oblong; spur 2-6.5 mm long, conical with blunt apex, recurved.
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Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola east through Zambia and DRC to Tanzania
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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Page 493.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 335. (Includes a picture).

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

Summerhayes, V.S. (1956). African orchids XXIII Kew Bulletin 11(2) Page 232.

Summerhayes, V.S. (1958). African orchids XXVI Kew Bulletin 13(2) Pages 259 - 260.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Page 172. (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 malangana., retrieved 25 February 2024

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