Swaziland's Flora Database:
Eulophia hians Spreng. var. inaequalis (Schltr.) S.Thomas
(name current 2016)
(Eulophia clavicornis var. inaequalis)
Growth form: Herb
Southern African Endemic
South Africa from eastern Cape to Transvaal and Lesotho.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Eulophia clavicornis - (Two varieties may be distinguished). Rhizome with series of hard round pseudobulbs. Inflorescence c 15—30 cm or more long. Leaves often only partly developed at flowering time, very slender, rather stiff, up to 45 cm long. Inflorescence with few clasping bracts, distant or just overlapping. Flowers few, loosely set, horizontal; perianth usually dull purple or brownish, sometimes sepals greenish, petals white with mauve edges; segments c 1,3 cm long, petals blunt, spur well-developed, up to 1 cm long, often curved, slightly enlarged at tip. The shorter variety (var. clavicornis) is one of the earliest spring flowers (Fl 9—10); the taller (var. nutans) occurs in moister situations (Fl 10-2).
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.
Stewart, J., H.P. Linder, E.A. Schelpe, A.V. Hall. 1982. Wild Orchids of Southern Africa. Macmillan South Africa, Johannesburg.