Oeceoclades lonchophylla (Rchb.f.) Garay & P.Taylor 1976 Photo by 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 ; Flora of mddagascar Perrier 1939/81 as Lissocilus lonchophyllus; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermasn Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;