Eulophia rara Schltr. 1915 Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Partial shade Warm Cool Spring EARLY summer

Common Name The Rare Eulophia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in deciduous woodlands as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with subterranean, irregularily shaped tubers giving rise to 4 to 5, basal 3 sheathing, the others linear, acute, grass-like, present at flowereding leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on an erect, peduncle with 2 to 3 tubular sheaths, 8 to 14.4" [20 to 36 cm] long, laxly to densely few to several flowered inflorescence with linear, acuminate, reflexed floral bracts.

Synonyms Orthochilus rarus (Schltr.) Bytebier 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 3 Cribb 1989; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae part 2 Pope 1998;