Zeuxine elongata Rolfe 1891

Inflorescence in situ Cameroon

Plant in situ Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Part shadeHotCool WinterEARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Elongate Zeuxine [refers to the Inflorescence length]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Benin, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Islands, Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola and Zambia at elevations of 400 to 1650 meters in rainforests in dense shade near rivers and waterfall in humus and on rocks as a small sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with a creeping stem enveloped almost completely by leaf bearing sheaths and carrying, ovate-lanceolate, acute, basally rounded and petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and early spring on a terminal, erect, slender, racemose, 5.2" [to 13 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with narrowly lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts

Synonyms Zeuxine ruwenzoriensis Kraenzl. 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996;