Eulophia stachyodes Rchb.f. 1878

Inflorescence in situ Photos courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz and their Website

Partial sun Warm Cool LATESpring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Spike-Like Eulophia

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Chad, Nigeria, Gabon, Cameroon, Zaire, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe in dambos and open grasslands and the margins of riverine forests at elevations of 660 to 1300 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with subterranean, ellipsoid to cylindric, tuberous growths giving rise to 4 to 5, suberect, the basal 1 to 2 being bract-like, the upper ones lanceolate to oblanceolate, acuminate, plicate, long petiolate base leaves that are fully developed at blooming occuring in the late spring and early summer on an erect, rather densely many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Eulophia kirkii Rolfe 1897; Eulophia lambii Rolfe 1914; Eulophia variopicta Chiov. 1911; Graphorkis stachyodes (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo ok; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo/drawing good; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide

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