Eulophia orthoplectra (Rchb.f.) Summerh. 1939 SECTION Lissochilus Photo courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Partial shade Warm Cool WinterEARLY Spring

Common Name The Straight Spurred Eulophia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Chad, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozanbique, Zambia and Zimbabwe in woodlands, dambos, open grasslands and in dry bush at elevations of 900 to 1800 meters as a small to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with subterranean, asymmetrical, chain-forming tubers giving rise to 2 to 4, linear, fleshy leaves that blooms in the winter and early spring on an erect, purplish, laxly 6 to 20 flowered inflorescence with severa lbracts and linear, acuminate, purple floral bracts

Synonyms Eulophia bella N.E.Br. 1889; Eulophia milanjiana Kraenzl. 1900; Eulophia ochyrae Szlach. & Olszewski 2001; Lissochilus bellus (N.E.Br.) Schltr. 1914; Lissochilus kraenzlinii Rolfe 1897; Lissochilus milanjeanus Rendle 1894; Lissochilus monticola Rendle 1895; *Lissochilus orthoplectrus Rchb.f. 1878; Lissochilus pulcher Schltr. 1915; Lissochilus saccatus Rendle 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Lissochilus orthoplectrus; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Lissochilus bellus; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as E bela; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 1 1969 photo; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing good; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo/drawing ok; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendrodeae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2009