Graphorkis lurida (Sw.) Kuntze 1891

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Capsules

Photo by Guy Ramette-Vovan and his Gabon Orchids Website

Part shadeHot CoolSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Pale Graphorkis

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Benin, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda in lower to mid-level forests at elevations of 300 to 1300 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with ovoid, yellowish, ribbed, clump-forming pseudobulbs enveloped completely by leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 4 to 9, thin, plicate, deciduous leaves that blooms in the spring on a basal, 6 to 20" [15 to 50 cm] long, branching, many flowered inflorescence arising before the new growth.

Synonyms Angraecum luridum (Sw.) Lindl. ex Steud. 1840; Eulophia longicollis Lindl. 1862; Eulophia lurida (Sw.) Lindl. 1833; Eulophia virilis Lindl. 1862; Eulophiopsis lurida (Sw.) Schltr. 1914; *Limodorum luridum Sw. 1805

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Eulophiopsis lurida; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963 as Eulophiopsis lurida; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991 drawing/photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing/photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing/photo fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo fide;

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