Eulophia abyssinica Rchb.f. 1850 SECTION Orthochilus TYPE for the Section Drawing by and The Plant Illustrations Website

Partial shadeHot Spring Summer

Common Name The Ethiopian Eulophia

Flower Size 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in Eritrea and Ethiopia in moorland, montane pastures anmd shrubby hillsides at elevations of 2250 to 2600 meters as a largfe sized, cold growing terrestrial with irregularily shaped underground tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying plicate, lanceolate leaves taht blooms in the spring and early summer on an erect, peduncle enveloped almost completely by paper-like tubular sheaths, to 30" [75 cm] long ovedrall, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceoalte to linear floral bracts

Synonyms Graphorkis abyssinica (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Orthochilus abyssinicus (Rchb.f.) Hochst. ex A.Rich. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to Ethipian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rassmussen 2004 drawing good; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendrodeae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2009