Eulophia plantaginea (Thouars) Rolfe ex Hochr. 1908

Photo by Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Common Name The Plantago-Like Eulophia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Madagascar, Mascarenes and Reunion in wooded and bare areas at elevations of 300 to 1000 meters as a hot to warm growing terrestrial with corm-shaped, lobulate, fleshy, subterranean pseudobulbs carrying 4 , narrowly lanceolate, attenuate at both ends, plicate leaves that are deciduous and fall just prior to the appearance of the robust, 12" to 3' [30cm to 1m] long, loosely 20 to 30 flowered inflorescence that blooms in the summer.

Synonyms Cyrtopera bituberculata Rolfe 1895; Cyrtopera plantaginea (Thouars) Lindl. 1833; Cyrtopodium plantagineum (Thouars) Benth. 1881; Eulophia grandibractea Kraenzl. 1923; Graphorchis plantaginea (Thouars) Kuntze 1891; *Limodorum plantagineum Thouars 1822; Lissochilus plantagineus (Thouars) H. Perrier 1941;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Limodorum plantagineum drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Lissochilus plantagineus; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du pUy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendrodeae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2009 photo fide