African Plant Database

Eulophia milnei Rchb. f.
Information on the genus : Eulophia
Status for SA : rejected (present)
Status for TA : rejected (present), is synonym of : Orthochilus milnei (Rchb. f.) Bytebier
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Eulophia dictyostegioides Kraenzl. (1990)
 Orthochilus milnei (Rchb. f.) Bytebier (2014)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Eulophia corallorhiziformis Schltr. (1895)
=Eulophia bulbinoides Schltr. (1924)
=Eulophia gracillima Ridl. (1886)
=Eulophia lujaana Kraenzl.
=Eulophia lutea Lindl. (1862)
=Eulophia microdactyla Kraenzl. (1914)
=Eulophia pusilla Rolfe (1914)
=Eulophia warneckeana Kraenzl. (1904)
=Eulophia thollonii Szlach. & Olszewski
=Eulophia poaeformis Szlach. (1993)
=Graphorkis lutea Kuntze
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 15-60 cm tall, very slender; pseudobulbs subterranean, ovoid, 1-2x c. 1 cm, in chains; leaves 2-6, appearing after anthesis, linear, grass-like, 10-30x c. 0,2 cm; inflorescence laxly to densely 5-15-flowered in upper half, peduncle ± covered by 4-5 papery sheaths; flowers small, not opening fully, whitish to yellow, spur and lip side lobes often tinged with red; bracts scarious, linear, 6-10 mm long; pedicel and ovary arched, 4-8 mm long; sepals and petals oblanceolate, 4-9x1,5-3 mm; lip c. 7 mm long, 4-5 mm wide, 3-lobed; side lobes narrow, rounded; mid-lobe oblong, truncate or obtuse, c. 2,5x2,5 mm, margins undulate or dentate; callus of 2-3 basal ridges with 3-5 lines of papillae on mid-lobe; spur slender, 2-4 mm long; fruit pendent, c. 20 mm long.
Ecology : Seasonally wet grassland; perennially damp ground; grassland in sponge areas; shallow swamps; wet bog and dambo; swampy soils, sometimes in free-standing water; sandy peaty moist soil; submontane grassland; 0-2300 m alt.
  Very variable in size of flowers.
  Bioko/Fernando Poo; E S. Africa, Swaziland. “Not easily seen as it is usually shorter than the grass amongst which it grows” (la Croix & al., Orchids Malawi: 309, 1991). “Remarkable for its very slender habit and narrow leaves” (Fl. Trop. Afr. 7: 52, 1898).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.18 - 0.52 m. Alt: 30 - 1555 m. Distribution: GA, KN, LP, MP, NW, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Orchids of Southern Africa : 394-395 (1999).
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Record n°45764 modified 2007-04-03
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