Eulophia foliosa (Lindl.) Bolus 1882

Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers in situ Photo by Cameron McMaster

Part Shade Cool Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Leafy Eulophia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal South Africa in submontane grasslands and Vlei margins at elevations of 1500 to 1650 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with subterranean tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying 3, erect, linear, plicate leaves that are partly to fully developed at flowering which occurs in the spring and early summer on a stout, elongate, 8 to 18" [20 to 45 cm] long, fairly densely several to many [6 to 50] flowered inflorescence enveloped by several loose sheaths and carries flowers that do not open widely.

Synonyms Cymbidium buchananii Rchb.f. 1881; *Cyrtopera foliosa Lindl. 1836; Eulophia boltonii Harv. ex Rolfe 1912; Eulophia buchananii (Rchb.f.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Eulophia inamoena Kraenzl. 1915; Eulophia reichenbachiana Bolus 1889

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 1 1983 photo; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 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

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