Eulophia clitellifera (Rchb.f.) Bolus 1889 SECTION Lissochilus

Plant In Situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Full Shade Cool WinterSpring

Common Name The Saddle-Carrying Eulopia

Flower Size .75" [1.8 cm]

Found in Ghana, Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cape, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal South Africa and Madagascar in seasonally burnt grasslands at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with potato-like underground pseudobulbs in a chain, holding after the flowering stem, 3 to 5, fan-shaped, conduplicate, linear-lanceolate, smooth leaves that blooms in the winter through spring on an erect, 3.2 to 11.2" [8 to 28 cm] long, laxly 5 to 25 flowered inflorescence arising before the leaves with 3 to 4, acute to acuminate, sheathing bracts and lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Eulophia fractiflexa Summerh. 1953; Lissochilus clitellifer Rchb.f. 1847; Lissochilus flexuosus Schltr. 1916; Lissochilus pulchellus Rendle 1895; Lissochilus rehmannii Rolfe 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #4 1975; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendrodeae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2009