Eulophia caricifolia (Rchb.f.) Summerh. 1936

Side View of Flower

Plant in Situ Congo Photos by Rik Neirynck and The Eulophiinae Website

Partial sun Cool Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Carex-Like Leaved Eulophia

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.1 cm]

Found in Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia and Angola in wet grasslands, marshes and swamps at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with subteranean tuberous organs giving rise to a cylindrical, fleeshy rhizome carrying 4, erect, plicate, linear, acuminate, long petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on an erect, 3.6 to 16" [9 to 40 cm] long, several loose bracted, laxly few flowered inflorescence with lanceolate-ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying spreading to subnutant flowers.

Synonyms Eulophia angolensis var. mweruensis (P.J.Cribb) Geerinck, Fl. Afr. Centr. 1992; Eulophia antennisepala (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1900; Eulophia caricifolia var. antennisepala (Rchb.f.) Geerinck 1992; Eulophia mweruensis P.J.Cribb 1977; Eulophia wilsonii (Rolfe) Butzin 1975; Lissochilus antennisepalus Rchb.f. 1882; *Lissochilus caricifolius Rchb.f. 1876; Lissochilus longifolius Benth. 1849; Lissochilus wilsonii Rolfe 1897

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; West African Lilies and Orchids Morton 1961; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as E antennisepala drawing/photo good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Vol 3 Cribb 1989 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo/drawing fide ;