Eulophia dahliana

Eulophia dahliana Kraenzl., Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 1 (1897) 243

Type: Dahl 77 (holo B, lost)

Plant slender, leaves two, grass-like, to 30 cm long, hardly 1 cm wide, acuminate. Inflorescence as long as the leaves, with 3-4 distant scales, few-flowered. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, a little shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Sepals lanceolate, 1 cm long, acute. Petals as long as the sepals and equally wide, linear, apex obtuse. Lip 3-lobed; lateral lobes broadly linear, in front obliquely retuse (in outline subrhombic), with the front margin denticulate; mid-lobe rounded, cochleate, with erose, denticulate margins, at the apex almost bilobulate, inside with long, single, erect, tooth-like papillae those along the veins towards the base longer; spur as long as the lip-blade, slightly curved, shortly cylindrical, obtuse, pointed. Column as long as the median sepal. (After Kraenzlin, 1897).

Colours: Flowers rose-red.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lowland grassland. Altitude 0-150 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February, March, October, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 293-36M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing terrestrial, keep in light position.