Lion's Tongue

Scientific Name
Orthochilus leontoglossus (Rchb.f.) Bytebier
Higher Classification
Eulophia leontoglossa Rchb.f., Eulophia stenantha Schltr.
Common Names
Iphamba (z), Leeutong (a), Lion's Tongue (e)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
W. Foden & L. Potter
This taxon was not selected in any one of four screening processes for highlighting potential taxa of conservation concern for detailed assessment and was hence given an automated status of Least Concern. The Threatened Species Programme is currently systematically completing full assessments for all taxa with an automated status. If you disagree with this taxon's status, please contact the Threatened Species Programme at the link below.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Orthochilus leontoglossus (Rchb.f.) BytebierLeast Concern 2015.1
Eulophia leontoglossa Rchb.f.Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Martos, F., Johnson, S.D., Peter, C.I. and Bytebier, B. 2014. A molecular phylogeny reveals paraphyly of the large genus Eulophia (Orchidaceae): A case for the reinstatement of Orthochilus. Taxon 63(1):9-23.

Pooley, E. 2003. Mountain flowers: a field guide to the flora of the Drakensberg and Lesotho. Natal Flora Publications Trust, Durban.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Foden, W. & Potter, L. 2005. Orthochilus leontoglossus (Rchb.f.) Bytebier. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version . Accessed on 2024/07/15

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