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Useful Tropical Plants

Eulophia herbacea

Lindl.

Orchidaceae

+ Synonyms

Eulophia albiflora Edgew. ex Lindl.

Eulophia brachypetala Lindl.

Eulophia lachnocheila Hook.f.

Eulophia vera Royle

Geodorum bicolor (Roxb.) Voigt

Graphorkis bicolor (Roxb.) Kuntze

Graphorkis herbacea (Lindl.) Lyons

Graphorkis lachnocheila (Hook.f.) Kuntze

Limodorum bicolor Roxb.

Common Name:

Eulophia herbacea
Drawing of the flowering plant and bulbs
Photograph by: Annals of the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta, vol. 9(2): t. 106 (1906) [H. Hormusji]
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General Information

Eulophia herbacea is a perennial plant producing 2 - 3 leaves 15 - 29cm long on a central stem 25 - 50cm tall. The stem grows up from a pseudobulb that is borne above soil level[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos.

Habitat

Montane grasslands, scrub; at elevations below 1,500 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitBulb
Height0.35 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Bulb - cooked[
2
Title
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Hedrick. U. P.
Publisher
Dover Publications
Year
1972
ISBN
0-486-20459-6
Description
Lots of entries, quite a lot of information in most entries and references.
]. A nutritious starch, known as 'salep misri', is obtained from the bulb[
2
Title
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Hedrick. U. P.
Publisher
Dover Publications
Year
1972
ISBN
0-486-20459-6
Description
Lots of entries, quite a lot of information in most entries and references.
]. The bulb is irregularly ovoid, around 2cm long and 1cm wide[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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