Eulophia montis-elgonis Summerh. 1932 SECTION Orthochilus Photo by Bob Campbell

Partial sun Cold LATE Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Cross Shaped Tridactyle

Flower Size

Found in Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania on rocky hillsides and grasslands at elevations of 2000 to 2350 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with a chain of irregular underground, tuberous, conical-ovoid pseudobulbs giving rise to 2 to 3, erect, linear, acuminate, plicate leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, peduncle 6 to 11.2" [15 to 28 cm] long, almost completely enveloped by 3 to 6, acuminate sheaths 12 to 40" [30 to 100 cm] long overall, many flowered inflorescence with linear, aristate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying subnutant, pinkish, mauve to white with a purple lip flowers.

Synonyms Orthochilus montis-elgonis (Summerh.) Bytebier 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Pt 3 Cribb 1989; The Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide