Eulophia ensata Lindl. 1828 SECTION Orthochilus Photo by Lourens Grobler

Part Shade Cool LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Sword-Shaped Eulophia

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Mozambique, Swaziland, Cape Province, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in coastal bush and grasslands at elevations of 900 to 1800 as a small to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with subterranean, tuberous, perennating organs giving rise to and erect leafy stem carrying about 3, erect, linear, acuminate, plicate, longer than the inflorescence leaves that are partly to fully developed at blooming in the late spring and early summer on an erect, stout, short, capitate, very densely 15 to 35 flowered inflorescence enveloped basally by imbricating sheaths

Synonyms Eulophia oblonga Rolfe 1910; Graphorkis ensata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Orthochilus ensatus (Lindl.) Bytebier 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 1 1983 photo; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide