Oeceoclades saundersiana (Rchb. f.) Garay & P. Taylor 1976


Photos by Lourens Grobler

Full ShadeCoolWinter

Common Name Saunder's Oeceoclades [English Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire and Zambia in damp places in shade of riverine forests at elevations around 1200 to 1300 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with tufted, dark glossy green, narrowly ovoid to narrowly conical-fusiform pseudobulbs, carrying 2 to 3 apical, elliptic, dark glossy green, acuminate, narrowing below into the slender, elongate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a 36" [90 cm] long, simple or few branched, laxly several to many flowered [15 to 30] inflorescence.

This species should be grown wetter than other Oeceoclades.

Synonyms Eulophia bieleri De Wild. 1904; Eulophia mildbraedii Kraenzl. 1909; *Eulophia saundersiana Rchb. f. 1866; Eulophidium saundersianum (Rchb. f.) Summerh. 1957; Graphorchis saundersiana (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Lissochilus barombensis Kraenzl. 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1873 as Eulophia saundersiana drawing fide; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as Eulophidium saudersianaphoto fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as Eulophidium saundersiana drawing/photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989 photo/drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 2 Pope 1998; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004