Eulophia monile Rchb.f. 1867

Plant In Situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Full Shade Warm Cool Spring

Common Name The Necklace Like Eulophia [refers to the tubers]

Flower Size

Found in Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in Brachystegia woodlands at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters as a very small sized, slender, warm to cool growing terrestrial. This is one of the smallest and most inconspicuous species in the genus, usually less than 15 cm tall, and likely to be overlooked. It is leafless at flowering time which is in the spring. The orchid has subterraean, ovoid to elliptic, several noded tubers giving rise to 2 to 7, vestigal, brownish, leaves that blooms on 1 to 3, 7 to 20 flowered, often secund, inflorescence with a median, short sheath. Flowers drooping and not opening widely.

Synonyms Eulophia anisotepala Summerh. 1927; Eulophia concinna Schltr. 1915; Eulophia exilis Schltr. 1915; Eulophia milnei var. norlindhii (Summerh.) Geerinck 1992; Eulophia norlindhii Summerh. 1937; Eulophia tisserantii Szlach. & Olszewski 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as E norlindhii drawing fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as E anisopetala drawing good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as E norlindhii; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998 as E norlindhii; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 as E norlindhii drawing fide

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