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Species Information

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Orthochilus chloranthus (Schltr.) Bytebier
(name current 2016)
(Eulophia sp.)
(Eulophia chlorantha)


Growth form: Herb
Near Endemic
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Schedule A
Illegal trade

Red Data Book Information:
Status: Vulnerable B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) Endemism: Near endemic Distribution: Mbabane, Waverley Mine, Fonteyn Restricted distribution.

Regional distribution:
Northwest Swaziland and eastern Transvaal only

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Eulophia chlorantha - Slender, up to 45 cm high; leaves and inflorescence about equal. Leaves 23 with long sheath enclosing stem at base, grass-like, ribbed, c 5 rum wide, tapering to long point. Inflorescence with 34 sheathing bracts which scarcely overlap. Flowers in open raceme, up to c 20, horizontal or nodding, scented; bracts membranous, very narrow and long-pointed; perianth green; segments up to I ,5 cm long, pointed, spur very short.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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Stewart, J., H.P. Linder, E.A. Schelpe, A.V. Hall. 1982. Wild Orchids of Southern Africa. Macmillan South Africa, Johannesburg.