Eulophia leontoglossa Rchb.f. 1881 SECTION Orthochilus


Plant and Inflorescence

Another Flower Color Photos by Lourens Grobler

Part sun CoolCold SpringEARLYSummer

Common Name The Lion's Tongue Eulophia

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Lesotho, Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal South Africa in grasslands in dry to marshy soils at elevations of 1000 to 2200 meters as a rather stout, medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a short stem carrying stiffly erect, grass-like leaves that are partly to fully matured at flowering which occurs in the spring through early summer on an erect, densely 7 to 35 flowered inflorescence with the flowers held in an apical corymb.

Synonyms Eulophia stenantha Schltr.1895; Orthochilus leontoglossus (Rchb.f.) Bytebier 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 1 1983 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photos fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos good