Eulophia flavopurpurea (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1897 Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Partial shadeHot Cool LATESpring

Common Name The Yellow Purple Eulophia - The Pale Ground Orchid

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Sudan, Ethiopia, Chad, Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe in seasonally wet grasslands, dambos and swampy grasslands at elevations of 480 to 1300 meters as a large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with subteranean, irregular shaped tubers giving rise to 3 to 4, linear, acuminate, grass-like leaves that are absent or just emerging at blooming which is in the late spring on an erect, laxly 1 to 8 flowered inflorescence usually carrying 3 to 4 scarious bracts and carrying scarious, spreading, linear, acuminate floral bracts

Synonyms *Cyrtopera flavopurpurea Rchb.f. 1878; Eulophia andersonii (Rolfe) A.D.Hawkes 1964; Eulophia millsonii (Rolfe) Summerh. 1936; Eulophia tuberifera Kraenzl. 1900; Lissochilus andersonii Rolfe 1910; Lissochilus corbisieri De Wild. 1919; Lissochilus johnsonii Rolfe 1910; Lissochilus lacteus Kraenzl. 1909; Lissochilus millsonii Rolfe 1897; Lissochilus ochroleucus A.Chev. 1913; Lissochilus seretii De Wild. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Cyrtopera flavopurpurea; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Lissochilus andersoni; West African Lilies and Orchids Morton 1961 as E millsonii drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as E andersoni; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No1 1969 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970 photo; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 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;