Paralophia palmicola (H.Perrier) P.J.Cribb 2005

TYPE Drawing by Perrier and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Sun Hot Warm Spring

Common Name The Palm Loving Eulophia

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm] long

Found in south eastern Madagascar on palm tree trunks at elevations of sea level to 600 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with an elongate, creeping rhizome giving rise to fusiform, pseudobulbous stems carrying 3 to 4, plicate. linear, rigid leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, longer than the leaves, peduncle rigid, 12 to to 16" [30 to 40 cm] long, partiaqlly enveloped by numerous, apressed, scarious, obtuse sheaths,16 to 24" [40 to 60 cm] long overall, rachis simple to several basally branched, loosely 15 to 20 flowered inflorescence with cauducous, narrowly lanceolate, whitish floral bracts and carrying large, yellowish with purple spotted flowers.

Synonyms *Eulophia palmicola H.Perrier 1935; Lissochilus palmicola (H.Perrier) H.Perrier 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Lissochilus palmicolus drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar DuPuy, Hermans, Cribb & Bosser 2007; A Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; Paralophia palmicola