AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Oeceoclades lubbersiana (De Wild. & Laurent) Garay & P.Taylor, Bot. Mus. Leafl. 24: 265 (1976).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Eulophia lubbersiana De Wild. & Laurent, Bull. Soc. Roy. Bot. Belgique, Compt.-Rend. 38: 135 (1899).
Eulophidium lubbersianum (De Wild. & Laurent) Summerh., Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 27: 397 (1957).
Description:
Terrestrial with fusiform to ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2, ovate-elliptic to elliptic, acute, spreading, median nerve prominent beneath, dark green with pronounced paler green mottling, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, simple, linear-lanceolate, acute bracts, 8 to 14 cm long, lax to subdensely 8 to18 flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acute, scarious, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying porrect to horizontal flowers.
Notes:
Vegetatively the plants of this species are very similar to Oeceoclades atrovirens. The shape of the lip which is wider than long, however, is unique in the relationship to which also Oeceoclades latifolia and Oeceoclades pandurata belong.
Habitat:
In forests in deep shade at elevations around 1050 meters.
Distribution:
E. Zaïre to Uganda
References:
Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989
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In culture
oeceoclades lubbersiana
Photograph Karl Senghas©
Swiss Orchid Foundation at
the Herbarium Jany Renz
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