Erect Eria
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Erect Eria
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Erect Eria
Botanical name: Cryptochilus strictus    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria stricta, Pinalia stricta, Octomeria secunda

Erect Eria is an orchid found in Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanamar, Thailand and Southern China in valleys at elevations of 300-1900 m. It is a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with crowded, cylindric pseudobulbs. Pseudobulbs are enveloped at the base by fibrous sheaths. The plant has 2 oblong-elliptic, acute, grooved and short- stalked leaves. The plant flowers in the fall through mid spring on an erect, densely many flowered raceme 3 to 8 inches long. Flowers are tiny, white, sometimes with a tinge of pink along the basal edge of the petals.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Gangtok, Sikkim.

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