Oeceoclades lonchophylla (Rchb.f.) Garay & P.Taylor 1976 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Partial sun WarmEARLYSummer

Common Name The Spear-Head Leafed Oeceoclades

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8cm]

Found in Tanzania, Mozambique, Natal South Africa and the Comoros Islands in coastal forests at elevations of sealevel to 500 meters as a medium sized warm growing terrestrial with close-set narrowly conical to ovoid, dark green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, stiff, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, acute, undulate to finely crenulate margins, green, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, wiry petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on 1 to 2, erect, 12 to 18.8" [30 to 47 cm] long, simple to 1 to 2 branched, 20 to 30 flowered inflorescence enveloped by 3 to 4 bracts.

Synonyms Eulophia dissimilis R.A.Dyer 1949; *Eulophia lonchophylla Rchb.f. 1885; Eulophia tainioides Schltr.1899; Eulophidium dissimile R.A.Dyer 1949; Eulophidium lonchophyllum (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1925; Eulophidium tainioides (Schltr.) Summerh. 1957; Lissochilus lonchophyllus (Rchb.f.) H.Perrier 1941;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;

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