Bonatea antennifera

Eulophia streptopetala

  • Eulophia streptopetala by Duncan McFarlane
  • Eulophia streptopetala by Duncan McFarlane
  • Eulophia streptopetala by Duncan McFarlane
  • Eulophia streptopetala by Duncan McFarlane

Description

This robust terrestrial can reach close to 2m (although I have seen a flower spike of nearer to 2,5m) and has pseudobulbs that are partially above the ground, much like a cymbidium. The leaves are fairly wide and pleated. Between 10 and 40 flowers have olive-yellow to green sepals suffused with reddish to chocolate brown. Petals are yellow on the outside and cream on the inside and project forwards. The spur is a short 2mm.

Distribution

This species has an extensive distribution area, but I have not seen it in virgin bush / forests like the other Eulophias within the city extremities, but only further afield.

Habitat

It almost always grows in shady areas under trees and is one of the species that has colonised itself under gum trees.

Flowering Period

Flowering can range from September to January.

Refrences and Sources

Text and photos by Duncan Mc Farlane

Proof-read by Karsten Wodrich

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