Eulophia subulata Rendle 1895

Drawing and Collection sheet drawing by A Cleuter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Terete Eulophia

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Angola in grassland subject to periodic flooding at elevations of 1100 to 1700 meters as a small to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with 1 to 2, erect, linear, acuminate leaves that blooms in the fall but with the new young leaves, clavate, peduncle 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long, rachis .8 to 4.4" [2 to 11 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence enveloped by 4 to 5, not imbricate, papery sheaths and carrying reflexed, aristate, acuminate floral bracts.

Resembles Eulophia mechowii in most respects other than that this species has smaller parts, has a fewer flowered inflorescence and the lip is lacking a deep maroon area which E zeyheri has.

Synonyms Eulophia debeerstii De Wild. 1919; Orthochilus subulatus (Rendle) Bytebier 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996;