Oeceoclades zanzibarica (Summerh.) Garay & P.Taylor 1976 Photo by Cribb

Collection sheet and Drawing drawing by A Cleuter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Zanzabar Oeceoclades

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Kenya, Tanzania, Pelma Island and Zanzabar in dense shade under mangos near sea level as a small to medium sized, hot growing terrestrial with cylindrical pseudobulbs enveloped in youth by a few scarious, ovate to lanceolate, acuminate, evanescent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-lanceolate to broadly lanceolate, acute to acuminate, conduplicate and cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, paniculate, elongate, 3.2 to 16" [8 to 40 cm] long, lax to subdense, many flowered inflorescence carrying flowers with green sepals and petals and a white or cream lip with purplish red veins on the side lobes and 2 purple blotches at the base of the mid-lobe.

Synonyms *Eulophidium zanzibaricum Summerh. 1927

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Flora of Tropical East Africa Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 photo fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996