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Eulophia speciosa

Plant suitable for use on Bio-Diverse Green Roofs in the Durban Area

Eulophia speciosa

Eulophia speciosa
is one of a number of plant species which are presently being tested for their suitability to be grown as Green Roof plants in the Durban region that have initially shown good results. They all occur naturally within a radius of 50 km of the Durban city centre

Eulophia speciosa is a very common terrestrial orchid found growing as a pioneer plant in full sun and partial shade on road cuttings, road verges and derelict land throughout the Durban area.

Growth habit
Eulophia speciosa is a medium sized spreading terrestrial orchid with fleashy lanceolate leaves and tuberous pseudobulbs from which the root system grows. They reproduce naturally by means of seed which germinates readily under ideal conditions.

Propagation
Eulophia speciosa propogate readily from back pseudobulbs, large numbers can easily be grown from seed sown in beds on the ground provided ideal growing conditions are provided. They mature to flowering size in a very short period of time.

Decorative value
These plants are being grown primarily for their neat growth habit and very attractive flowers

Drought resistance
Eulophia speciosa plants have proven to be very drought resistant.

Disease and pest resistance
Eulophia speciosa the leaves are eaten by the larvae of a small yellow beetle which can cause considerable damage to the plant,. They are also very susceptible to bacterial rot and fungus attack during long periods of very overcast and wet weather

Suitability as Green Roof plants
Eulophia speciosa plants are valuable in plantings that are going to get the very minimum of or no water in winter in combinations with other plants that do not have a very vigorous nature.  Green roofs with shallow low nutrient soils provide an ideal growing environment for these very attractive flowering plants.

Biodiversity value in the Green Roof landscape
Eulophia speciosa flowers attract carpenter bees which are probably the pollinator of this plant.

Cautions and precautions in the Green Roof application
Care must be taken to ensure good drainage and to prevent overwatering during establishment.

Ecoman Durban Indigenous Landscape Design Consultant


Bio-Diverse Indigenous Landscaping I design landscapes and gardens that are Bio-Diverse as well as being pleasing to the eye


Landscapes and Gardens that are Nature Friendly


I use my many years of landscape planning and design as well as landscape construction experience coupled to my vast knowledge of the requirements of nature to create habitat suitable for birds, butterflies and other creatures to live and breed in.

 

I always apply the basic principles of good landscape design to create an aesthetically pleasing garden that at the same time satisfies the living requirements of the target creatures that I would like to attract. My speciality is to attract birds, butterflies and solitary bees. I design and build Bio-Diverse Roof Gardens

 

So let Ecoman design and create a garden for you that will be a haven for wildlife such as birds, butterflies, frogs and lizards in the number of species comparable to Kruger National Park.


For all of your Green Roof requirements contact Michael Hickman Specialist in Green Roof Technology at +27 82 061 2593 or email at info@ecoman.co.za


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