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Oeceoclades spathulifera

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Photo by Olaf Pronk.

Author:  L.A. Garay & P.G. Taylor, 1976
Origin:  North-Western + South-Western Madagascar
Soil:  Rich Drained
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  2 Centimetres
Height:  10 Centimetres
Flower:  White / Maroon / Greenish-Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/Pseudobulbs
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Lissochilus spatulifer, H. Perrier, 1941.
Eulophia spathulifera
, H.Perrier, 1950.
Eulophidium spatuliferum
,Summerh. 1957.

This member of the Orchidaceae family was given this name by Leslie Andrew Garay and Peter Geoffrey Taylor in 1976. It is found in north-western and south-western Madagascar, growing in a rich and well drained soil with some water and some sun. The pseudobulbs can grow to two centimetres in diameter with ten centimetre speckled and succulent  leaves. The flowers are greenish with brown nerves and a white centre with maroon nerves.

The genera name from Greek oikeios; 'special' or 'separate', and Greek klados; 'branch', probably for the short branches of the former Angraecum maculatum and the mottled leaves, according to Genaust, l.c. It was published by John Lindley in  Edwards' Bot. Reg. 18: sub t. 1522. 1832. The species name from Latin, meaning 'spoon-shaped' and Latin -ferao; '-bearing'.