Eulophia mechowii (Rchb.f.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894 SECTION Orthochilus

South African Inflorescence Photos by Lourens Grobler

Zimbabwe flowers

Inflorescence In Situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe Website

Partial Sun Cool LATESpringEARLYSummer

Common Name Mechow's Eulophia

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Burundi, Rwanda, Zaira, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Natal and Transvaal states of South Africa in grasslands at elevations of 1000 to 2300 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with a chain of underground, potato-like pseudobulbs giving rise to 2 to 3, lanceolate, acute leaves that appear with or after blooming which is in the late spring and early summer on an erect, 6 to 14" [15 to 35 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with all the resupinate flowers held towards the apex.

Synonyms Eulophia amblypetala Kraenzl. 1923; Eulophia bicolor Rchb.f. & Sond. 1865; Eulophia dichroma Rolfe 1897; Eulophia granducalis Kraenzl. 1909; Eulophia lujae De Wild. 1904; Eulophia milanjiana Rendle 1894; Eulophia praestans Rendle 1895; Eulophia renschiana (Rchb.f.) T.Durand & Schinz 1894; Eulophia welwitschii Hook.f. 1893; Eulophia woodii Schltr. 1895; Eulophia zeyheri Hook.f. 1893; *Orthochilus mechowii Rchb.f. 1882; Orthochilus renschianus Rchb.f. 1882

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list as Eulophia mechowii, IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as E zeyheri; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as E zeyheriana not = e mechowii drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as E zeyheri; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as E zeyheri photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as E welwitschii photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 as E zeyheri photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 10 1996 photo as E welwitschii; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 as E zeyheri photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997 as E zeyheri photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998 as E zeyheri drawing good/photo fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 as E zeyheri photo/drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos as E zeyheri photos fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendrodeae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2009 as E zeyheri