Eulophia clitellifera (Rchb.f.) Bolus, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 25: 184 (1889).
Homotypic Synonyms:

Lissochilus clitellifer Rchb.f., Linnaea 20: 687 (1847).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Lissochilus pulchellus Rendle, J. Bot. 33: 196 (1895).
Lissochilus rehmannii Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5(3): 55 (1912).
Lissochilus flexuosus Schltr. in R.E.Fries, Wiss. Erg. Schwed. Rhod.-Kongo Exped. 1: 245 (1916).
Eulophia fractiflexa Summerh., Kew Bull. 8: 156 (1953).
Terrestrial herb 17–60 cm tall. Perennating organs subterranean, pseudobulbous, 2–3 × 2–2.5 cm, asymmetrically conical, forming chains; roots white, 2–4 mm in diameter. Leaves about 5, forming a fan, the lowest 2–3 sheath-like, 10–70 × 0.7–2 cm, linear-lanceolate, falcate in side view, not plicate, absent or just starting to develop at flowering time. Inflorescence rather laxly few- to many-flowered; peduncle with 2–3 sheathing bracts; rhachis slightly zigzag. Pedicel and ovary 13–20 mm long; bracts 4–11 mm long, lanceolate, acuminate. epals olive-brown; petals and lip dull pink, yellow or whitish, the lip with yellow ridges. Sepals 6.5–9.5 × 2.3–4.2 mm, oblong-elliptic, the laterals slightly larger than the dorsal. Petals 8–10.6 × 3–7.8 mm, ovate-elliptic to suborbicular, concave. Lip 7–10 mm long, 3-lobed; side lobes erect, rounded or truncate, attached to the base of the column; mid-lobe 4.5–7 × 3–5.5 mm, suborbicular or elliptic, obtuse or emarginate, with a callus of 3–5 fleshy, verrucose ridges; spur 3–5 mm long, conical. Column 1–3 mm long, lacking a foot.
Dambo, plateau and coastal grasslands, usually on sandy soil, usually after fire, also in dry miombo and mixed deciduous woodlands including Combretum bush 0–1900 m.
This species resembles Eulophia arenicola Schltr. but is a larger, more robust plant with a longer pedicel and ovary.
Trop. & S. Africa, Madagascar
Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae (Part 3); Genera Orchidacearum Volume 5 Epidendrodeae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2009; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11, Part 2, (1998) Author: I. la Croix & P.J. Cribb; New Orchids: Decade XLVII Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), Vol. 1920, No. 4 (1920), pp. 128-132; African Orchids: XXI V. S. Summerhayes, Kew Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 1 (1953), pp. 129-162; ; POWO (2022). "Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; Retrieved 26 November 2022."
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Photograph© Warren McCleland.
Image used with kind permission.
Photograph© Warren McCleland.
Image used with kind permission.