Eulophia subsaprophytica Schltr. 1915

Plant In Situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Partial Shade Warm Cool Spring

Common Name The Almost Saprophytic Eulophia

Flower Size 1.55" [4.2 cm]

Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in woodlands at elevations of 800 to 1600 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing sub-mycoheterotrophic orchid with purple-brown when young, turning greyish with age stems and carrying 3, purple-brown, bract-like leaves that blooms in the spring on a lax, up to 20-flowered inflorescence. There are no leaves present at flowering.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998;