Tetramicra eulophiae (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. ex Griseb. 1866

Photo by Aleli Morales/courtesy of Katia Seagull

Deep ShadeHotWarmWinterSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Eulophia-Like Tetramica

Flower Size 3/4" [2.1 cm]

Found in Cuba at elevations of sealevel to 700 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestro-lithophyte with erect, stems carrying 1 to 2 erect, rigid, terete, linear-subulate to cylindrical, elongate leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, slender, to 34" [85 cm] long, successively several flowered, racemose to few branched, paniculate inflorescence with triangular, acuminate floral bracts.

CAUTION This species is said by many including Kew to be synonomous with T tenera, but I feel that they are distinct

Synonyms *Bletia eulophiae Rchb.f. 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia eulophiae; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 4 Withner 1996 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; The Orchids of Cuba Laramendi and Llamacho 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo fide;