Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Eulophia zollingeri (Rchb.f.) J.J.Sm.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Herbarium specimen. © CSIRO

Smith, J.J. (1905) Flore Buitenzorg 6: 228.


Plants about 40-60 cm tall, completely devoid of chlorophyll.


'Leaves' (bracts) sessile, stem clasping, about 5-6 x 1-2 cm, venation longitudinal and parallel.


Inflorescence about 20-90 cm tall. Flowers about 3.5-7.5 cm diam. Sepals about 21-36 x 7-13 mm. Petals about 15-23 x 6-10 mm. Labellum about 13-18 mm long (16-22 x 14-21 when spread out), 3-lobed, upper surface concave and clothed in hairs. Column attached to the labellum. Column about 10-12 x 3-4 mm.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ. Altitudinal range 400-700 m. also found in Asia and Malesia.

Natural History & Notes

Plants lack chlorophyll and live as saprophytes.

Cyrtoptera zollingeri Rchb.f., Bonplandia 5: 38 (1857), Type: Java, Zollinger; Holo: W. Eulophia carrii C. T. White, Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensland 47: 33 (1936), Type: Queensland, Julatten, T. Carr s. n.; Holo: BRI (?).
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