Eulophia thomsonii Rolfe 1897 SECTION Orthochilus

Plant and Flower in situ Tanzania Photos by Robert v. Blittersdorff and The East African Plants Website

Partial shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name Thomson's Eulophia [English Missionary in East Africa 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in montane grassslands at elevations of 1550 to 2380 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with subterranean, irregularily shaped, chain forming tubers giving rise to 1 to 2, linear, acuminate, grass-like, just starting to develop at flowering leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, peduncle with 2 to 3 scarious bracts in the lower half, 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, densely several to many flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Orthochilus thomsonii (Rolfe) Bytebier 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 3 Cribb 1989 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendrodeae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2009