Eulophia rutenbergiana Kraenzl. 1882 SECTION Orthochilus Photo by Rudi Hromniak and The Universitat Wien Webpage


Common Name Rutenberg's Eulophia [German Orchid Collector in Madagascar 1800's] - In Madagascar Tongolomboalavo

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Madagascar in secondary grasslands and on rocky slopes at elevations of 500 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an underground rhizome giving rise to corm-like, irregular, 1 to 4 angled, 3 to 4 undulate, ribbed pseudobulbs with narrow, grass-like, suberect leaves that become deciduous before flowering and blooming in the late spring through earlier fall on an erect, 16 to 24" [40 to 60cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence that is 10 to 12 times longer than the cluster of flowers held towards the apex with thin, reddish, narrowly linear-lanceolate, fliliform, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

This orchids is used medicinally to combat boils.

Synonyms Graphorkis rutenbergiana (Kraenzl.) Kuntze 1891; Lissochilus kranzlinii H.Perrier 1941; Orthochilus rutenbergianus (Kraenzl.) Bytebier 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939 drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991; Field Guide tothe Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide;