Breeches Eria
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Breeches Eria
ative Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Breeches Eria
Botanical name: Conchidium braccatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria braccata, Eria rupestris

Breeches Eria is an epiphytic orchid with pseudobulbs discoid, 6-10 mm diameter, net-veined. Leaves are 2 per pseudobulb, 2-7 x 0.5-1.5 cm, inverted-lanceshaped to oblong-lanceshaped, tip pointed-apiculate, membranous. Flowers are white, tinged with pink, solitary on 2-4 cm long slender scape from the pseudobulb. Dorsal sepal is 1.6-1.9 cm x 6-7 mm, oblong-lanceshaped, blunt, 7-veined; lateral sepals 16-20 x 6-11 mm, obliquely ovate-lanceshaped, pointed, 7-veined. Petals are 1.5-1.9 cm x 6 mm, oblong-lanceshaped, somewhat pointed, 5-veined. Lip is 1.6-1.9 cm x 5-9 mm, elliptic-oblong or ovate, blunt, notched at tip. Disc has 2 white ridges reaching subapically.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Nelliyampathy Hills, Palakkad, Kerala.

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