Eulophia gracilis Lindl. 1823 Photo by Guy Ramette-Vovan of Gabon and his Gabon Orchids Website


Common Name The Delicate Eulophia - The Green Ground Orchid

Found in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Liberia and Zaire in riverine forests in deep shade and often found along roadside embankments at elevations of sealevel to 20 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing terrestrial with conical pseudobulbs carrying several narrowly-elliptic, acute leaves with long petioles from which a terminal, erect, laxly many [20] flowered inflorescence occuring in the late winter.

The leaves of this species are boiled to make a syrup that is taken for intestinal conditions and worms

Synonyms Eulophia ciliata (Schumach.) Rchb.f 1863; Eulophia laurentiana Kraenzl. 1899; Eulophia preussii Kraenzl. 1893; Eulophia virens A.Chev. 1920; Galeandra extinctoria Lindl. 1833; Galeandra gracilis (Lindl.) Lindl. 1833; Graphorkis ciliata (Schumach.) Kuntze 1891; Graphorkis gracilis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Limodorum ciliatum Schumach. 1827

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 4 1959 as E virens; West African Lilies and Orchids Morton 1961 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 6 1978; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation La Croix 1997;