Eulophia cooperi

Eulophia cooperi

  • Eulophia cooperi by Duncan McFarlane
  • Eulophia cooperi by Duncan McFarlane

Description

This terrestrial orchid is dormant in winter and flowers after the first rains in spring. The inflorescence is fairly robust and can reach a height of 370 mm. The sepals are a pale yellow, suffused with green on the outside. Purple-red veins occur on the base and side lobes of the lip. Not to be confused with Eulophia bainesii.

Distribution

The Eulophia cooperi was common around the East Rand prior to 1960 and is now restricted to a few localities in our area and MP, where it is endemic. I have only seen one colony near to Suikerbosrand.

Habitat

Plants grow in exposed grassland and can tolerate dry and cold conditions with frost.

Flowering Period

October and November.

References and Sources

Text and photos by Duncan Mc Farlane
Proof-read and edited by Karsten Wodrich

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