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Eulophia speciosa (R.Br. ex Lindl.) Bolus
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Also occurs outside southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: lowveld only
Red Data Book Information:
Distribution: Mlawula, Umbeluzi Gorge
Northwards into Tropical Africa. Also reported from the Cape area (South Africa). Both synonyms were classified as threatened in previous RDLs.
Northwards into Tropical Africa. Also reported from the Cape area (South Africa).
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Eulophia speciosa - Erect, up to c 90 cm high. Leaves about half this height x c 1,5—2,0 cm wide, rather stiff, not prominently veined. Flowers well-spaced on axis, spreading; perianth clear yellow throughout. Sepals unusually small c 7 mm long x 3 mm wide. Lateral petals up to 2 cm long X 1,5 cm wide; lip about same dimensions with pair of rounded lobes at base, tip turned up, its base forming a small pouch.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Stewart, J., H.P. Linder, E.A. Schelpe, A.V. Hall. 1982. Wild Orchids of Southern Africa. Macmillan South Africa, Johannesburg.