Terrestrial herb, 25 - 75 cm tall. Leaves 5-6, linear, up to 75 cm long, just developing at time of flowering (in this variety). Inflorescence laxly few to many-flowered. Flowers somewhat drooping, not opening wide, often self-pollinating. Sepals deep plum-purple; petals pale lilac-blue. Lip 3-lobed with dark purple, spreading veins on the side lobes; mid lobe with a yellow crest of papillae. Spur not swollen, 4-7 mm long, slightly incurved.
See var. nutans and var. inaequalis for comparison. It is easily distinguished from the other varieties by the deep purple flower colour, which is greenish-yellow to yellow or olive-green and white in those varieties.
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.(2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eulophia hians var. hians. http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=119230, retrieved 27 June 2016