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Eulophia pratensis Lindl., J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 3: 25 1858. (syn: Eulophia ramentacea Wight [Illegitimate]; Eulophia virens Stocks ex Lindl. [Illegitimate]; Graphorchis pratensis (Lindl.) Kuntze; Graphorchis virens (Stocks ex Lindl.) Kuntze; Graphorkis pratensis (Lindl.) Kuntze);
SW. India (from WCSP)
Terrestrial herbs, flowering stem appearing before the leaves, 35-50 cm high with a few sheathing scales, slightly swollen at their attachment to the stem; quite glabrous, green or purplish. Leaves long petioled, 25-30 cm long. Racemes to 15 cm long; bracts lanceolate, acute, 1 cm long: ovary plus stalk ¾ inch. Sepals elliptic, oblong, yellowish outside, purple inside, five-nerved; lateral sepals attached by their bases to the shortly projecting base of the column, on to which also run the front edges of the two petals. Petals obovate-oblong, yellow, nearly as long as the sepals. Side lobes of lips embracing the column, each as wide as the middle lobe: middle lobe with three or four crested ridges running towards the opening of the short, triangular, backward pointing spur. Column deeply grooved, with the sides meeting across the middle at the top; rostellum sloping downwards. Anther cap with a short projecting point, quite free. Pollinia two, attached by thin elastic bands to the removable part of the rostellum, globose. Capsule 3 cm long, elliptic, turgid.
Flowering and fruiting: March-April
Peninsular India (Endmic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
Eulophia ramentacea (Orchidaceae) : 6 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (4)
Eulophia ramentacea (Orchidaceae)
Habitat – sugarcane field
Location – Satara, Maharashtra
Date – March, 2016
As sweet as sugarcane …
Eulophia pratensis to be precise. So pretty….