Eulophia aurantiaca Rolfe 1897 SECTION Orthochilus Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Partial sun Cool LATERSpring

Common Name The Golden Eulophia

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Zambia at elevations of 1350 to 1450 meters in open grasslands among flat rocks and in high density rainfalll woodlands as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with subterranean irregularily ellipsoid-conical tubers giving rise to 1 to 3, erect, linear, acuminate, plicate, grass-like leaves that are absent or just begining to arrive at blooming in the later spring on an erect, rather laxly 7 to 20 flowered inflorescence which is almost covered by 2 to 3 bracts and carries linear-lanceoalte acuminate, sometimes yellow to orange floral bracts and carrying spreading to nutant flowers that do not open well.

Synonyms Eulophia abyssinica var. aurantiaca (Rolfe) Geerinck 1992; Eulophia leopoldii Kraenzl. 1899; Eulophia welwitschii subsp. aurantiaca (Rolfe) Geerinck 2004; Orthochilus aurantiacus (Rolfe) Bytebier 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998