Zeuxine africana

Zeuxine africana

 

Description

 Slender terrestrial, grows up to 200mm tall. Leaves, overlapping, numerous, erect, linear to strap-shaped, grading into the bracts. Inflorescence cylindrical, many flowered with bracts overlapping the flowers Flowers are white with a yellow lip, 3mm in diameter. 

 

Distribution in South Africa

 Only known from one area in the KwaZulu Natal inland.   

 
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Typical habitat

 Very rare in beach sand in the shade of a specific tree, near sea level. 

 

Flowering Period

 This species typically flowers between July and August.

 

Distribution elsewhere in Africa

 N/A.  

 

Conservation Status

Endangered due to being rare and only found in 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.

 

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