Epipogium roseum (D. Don) Lindl.

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Synonyms: Epipogium africanum Schltr.
Epipogium nutans Rchb. f.
Limodorum roseum D. Don
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Description:
Leafless saprophytic terrestrial, up to 60 cm high, growing from a spongy, tuberous rhizome c. 5 cm long. Inflorescence 12-20 cm long, laxly several to many-flowered. Flowers drooping, not opening wide, whitish to dull pink with purple or dull red spots. Sepals and petals similar, lanceolate, 9-12 mm long. Lip ovate c. 10 mm long with two crests along the length; spur blunt,3-4 mm long.
Notes: This species has a very short life cycle. It takes less than a week from the time the shoot appears tothe dehiscence of the fruit.
Derivation of specific name: roseum: rose-coloured.
Habitat: In leaf-litter in deeply shaded forest
Altitude range: 1100 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Also known from Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Angola and from Indo-Malaysia to Australia and Vanuatu.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Cribb, P.J. (1984). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 238 - 240. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 270 - 271. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 172. (Includes a picture).

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Epipogium roseum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Epipogium roseum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Epipogium roseum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Epipogium roseum
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iNaturalist: Epipogium roseum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Epipogium roseum
JSTOR Plant Science: Epipogium roseum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Epipogium roseum
Plants of the World Online: Epipogium roseum
Tropicos: Epipogium roseum
Wikipedia: Epipogium roseum


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: Epipogium roseum.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=220770, retrieved 21 February 2024

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