Eulophia calantha Schltr. 1903 SECTION Cyrtopera Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Partial sun Warm Cool LATERSpring

Common Name The Beautifully Blooming Eulophia

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm]

Found in Guinea, Central African Republic, Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi and Zambia at elevations of 600 to 1350 meters in seasonally wet dambo grasslands as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with subterranean tubers giving rise to 1 to 2, erect, linear, ribbed grass-like leaves that are absent or just begining to arrive at blooming in the later spring on an erect, rather laxly 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence which is covered by 3 to 4 scattered scarious bracts and carries lanceolate, acuminate or aristate floral bracts

CAUTION I am unsure of this determination as the photo does not allow close inspection. Please use with caution!

Synonyms Eulophia calantha var. kubangensis Schltr. 1903; Eulophia monoceras (Kraenzl.) Butzin 1975; Lissochilus kapandensis De Wild. 1919; Lissochilus monoceras Kraenzl. 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo hmm; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing ok; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing hmm; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendrodeae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2009

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