Eulophia explanata Lindl. 1833

Plant and flowers Photos by Amber Srivastava and The Flowers of India Website

Drawing Drawing by J D Hooker and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Sun WarmSpring

Common Name The Flattened Eulophia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, India and Nepal at elevations around 850 to 1000 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with an ovoid, annulated pseudobulb carrying immature at flowering, lanceolate becoming broadly elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, plicate, 7 veined, tapering below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an, arising from below the summit of the pseudobulb, 20 to 25" [50 to 65 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with 2, loose, basal sheaths and shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Graphorkis explanata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Lissochilus explanatus (Lindl.) Schltr. 1919

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1979 drawing ok; Orchids of the North-West Himalaya Deva and Naithani 1986 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok