Eulophia euglossa (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. ex Bateman 1866

Side View Of Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Photo by Bill Hunter

Plant and Flowers in situ Cameroon

Photos by Vincent Droissart and His West African Orchid Website

Common Name The Euglossa Eulophia [refers to the tongue-like lip]

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.25 cm]

Found in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, Zaire, Ethiopia and Uganda in dense forests on sandy soils near rivers at elevations of 1200 to 1300 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial with narrowly conical pseudobulbs carrying 5 to 10, ovate to lanceolate, acuminate, plicate, petiolate leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, rarely branched, 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, laxly many flowered, erect inflorescence carrying pendent flowers

Synonyms Eulophia dusenii Kraenzl. 1894; *Galeandra euglossa Rchb.f. 1852

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 # 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; African Orchids in the Wild and in Cultivation La Croix 1997; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; Le Petit Larousse des Orchidees Lecoufle, Barthelemy and Schmidt 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #10 2019 photo fide;