Eulophia galeoloides Kraenzl.

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Eulophia galeoloides

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Below summital ridge of Ntchisi Mountain, Ntchisi Forest Reserve

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Synonyms: Eulophia cyrtosioides Schltr.
Eulophia goetzeana Kraenzl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial saprophytic herb arising from a fleshy rhizome, 6-100 cm tall, turning brown on drying, Leaves absent. Inflorescence few- to many-flowered; scape with 2-3 tubular sheaths at base and 2-4 lanceolate bracts above. Sepals and petals white, dull yellow or buff; lip deep yellow with 2 purple marks at the base and red or purple hairs on the side lobes. Sepals 15-25 mm long. Petals oblong-spathulate. Lip with 3-4 fleshy ridges at the base, papillate all over but lacking long papillae; spur 4-5 mm long, upcurved at tip. Capsules pendent.
Derivation of specific name: galeoloides: resembling species in the genus Galeola, a genus of saprophytic orchids occurring in SE Asia and Madagascar.
Habitat: In shade in evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 1050 - 1300 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Ghana, Nigeria, DRC, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.
Malawi distribution: S
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Content last updated: Tuesday 7 February 2017

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1998). Orchidaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 11(2) Pages 518 - 519. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 303. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eulophia galeoloides
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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 galeoloides., retrieved 15 April 2024

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