Ypsilopus erectus

Ypsilopus erectus

 

  • Ypsilopus erectus by Martin Rautenbach

Description

 Slender epiphyte or lithophyte, growing up to 150mm tall. Stems 20-30mm long, erect, roots borne from the base. Leaves borne in an apical fan, linear to strap-shaped, up to 150 x 6,5mm. Inflorescences lax, several, arising from below the leaves, 120mm long, flowers 2-12, white and in 2 ranks. 

 

Distribution in South Africa

Only found on the coast at the northern border of the Eastern Cape and southern border of KwaZulu Natal.  

 
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Typical habitat

Localised on rocks and trees near the coast, in forested gorges, from 150-450m. 

 

Flowering Period

This species typically flowers between April and May.   

 

Distribution elsewhere in Africa

N/A.   

 

Conservation Status

Endangered as it is only found in the one area.

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All orchids are protected under CITES regulations.

 

References and additional information

Johnson, S.D., Bytebier, B. Stärker, H. (2010). Orchids of South Africa: A field guide. Struik Nature, Cape Town, South Africa.

La Croix, I.F. la Croix, E. (1997). African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon, USA.


This genus and species article was written by Duncan Mc Farlane and edited by Karsten Wodrich published 2019-05-24.

 

Images

  • Ypsilopus erectus by Martin Rautenbach
  • Ypsilopus erectus by Martin Rautenbach
  • Ypsilopus erectus by Martin Rautenbach

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