Eulophia spectabilis

Eulophia spectabilis (Dennst.) Suresh, Regnum Veg. 119 (1988) 300

Basionym: Wolfia spectabilis

A terrestrial herb. Stems erect, up to 15 cm long, leafy, sheathed by cataphylls at base. Leaves 2 or more near the apex of the stem, elliptic-lanceolate, up to 30 by 3.5 cm, narrowing at base, with 5-7 prominent veins. Inflorescence lateral, arising from near the base of the stem, up to 80 cm long, thick and fleshy, few- to many-flowered. Pedicel and ovary up to 4 cm long. Median sepal lanceolate, 2.2-2.5 by 0.4 cm. Lateral sepals obliquely lanceolate, 2.5 by 0.5 cm. Petals ovate, 1.9 by 0.7 cm. Lip obovate, entire, 1.9 by 1 cm, the disc with 7 longitudinal callus ridges, the apical margin undulate; spur broad, flattened, 0.3 cm long. Column 1 cm long. (After Lewis and Cribb, 1991, as Eulophia nuda Lindl.).

Colours: Sepals pale green tinged dull purple inside, petals whitish tinged purple, lip creamy white in basal part, purple in apical part, with darker reddish purple veins, or whole flower greenish white turning yellow with age.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lowland grassland. Altitude 170-200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: March, December.

Distribution: Malesia (Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Sulawesi, Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, New Guinea, The Philippines), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, NW Himalaya, Nepal, Sikkim, India (Assam), Burma, China (Yunnan), Nicobar Isl., Fiji, Tonga.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 293-135M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing terrestrial, keep in light position.