Eulophia nyasae Rendle 1894

Plant in situ Zaire Photo by Ilunga E./Piqueray J. and The Copper Flora Website


Type for E blettiloides Drawing by J S Ball/ Schlechter and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Fragrance Partial shade Warm Cool LATE Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Malawi Eulophia

Flower Size 1.2" [.48 cm] long

Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Angola and Zimbabwe in woodlands and scrub usually among rocks on hillsides or in rocky soils at elevations around 900 to 1680 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing, semi-mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with subterranean, fleshy, rhizomatous, cigar shaped tubers giving rise to vestigal, brown leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on 1 to 3, erect, yellow green, with 4 to 5, imbricate, scarious, basal sheaths and another in the middle, 8 to 16" [25 to 40 cm] long, laxly to densely many flowered inflorescence with linear-setose floral bracts and carrying violet scented flowers

Synonyms Eulophia bletilloides Schltr. 1915; Eulophia ecalcarata G.Will. 1980; Eulophia farcta G.Will. 1980; Eulophia florulenta Kraenzl. 1902; Eulophia hockii De Wild. 1919; Eulophia limodoroides Kraenzl. 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as E florentula drawing good; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 3 Cribb 1989; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Terrestrial African Orchids A Select Review J S Ball 2009 drawing fide;