AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Graphorkis concolor (Thouars) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 662 (1891).
Homotypic Names:
Limodorum concolor Thouars, Hist. Orchid.: t. 45 (1822).
Eulophia concolor (Thouars) Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 181 (1833).
Eulophia scripta var. concolor (Thouars) S.Moore in J.G.Baker, Fl. Mauritius: 360 (1877).
Eulophiopsis concolor (Thouars) Schltr., Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 33(2): 422 (1915).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Graphorkis monographis Thouars, Hist. Orchid.: t. 45 (1822).
Description:
Epiphytic orchid with an erect root system that develops around the base of the plant. The pseudobulbs carry linear-lanceolate leaves and bloom in the spring on an erect, paniculate, many flowered inflorescences and arise before the new growth. The impressive, but small Graphorkis concolor flowers get a size of just about 1,5 cm in diameter.
Habitat:
Graphorkis concolor is an epiphytic, on Raphia palms and mango trees growing orchid species in humid lowland forests and littoral forests at elevations of sealevel to 300 meters.
Flowering period:
Spring - Summer.
Cultivation:
The rare tropical orchid requires a hot and humid climate and a location in partial shade - full shade.
Distribution:
W. Indian Ocean
References:
History Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009; Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.W. & Rasmussen, F.N. (eds.) 2014. Genera Orchidacearum Volume 5: Epidendroideae (Part two); page 71 ff., Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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