Eria-Flower Dendrobium
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Eria-Flower Dendrobium
P Native Photo: Gary Thingnam
Common name: Eria-Flower Dendrobium
Botanical name: Dendrobium eriiflorum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Callista eriiflora

Eria-Flower Dendrobium is a small sized, tree-dwelling orchid light with clustered yellow stems, fleshy at the base, narrowed above, enveloped by loose sheaths. The stems carry up to 9, deciduous, oblong or lanceshaped, blunt leaves. The plant blooms in the late summer and fall on an erect to arching, 4-8 cm long, laxly 7-10 flowered inflorescence with upside down flowers that open simultaneously. Flowers are crescent-shaped or boat-shaped in bud, 0.8-2 cm across; sepals, petals and lip greenish-cream, lip and column spotted, flushed or striped with purple; flower-stalk and ovary slender, hairless, 5-7 mm long. Sepals are similar, 3-veined. Petals are linear, pointed, 3-veined, 0.6-1.1 x 0.1-0.15 cm. Lip is curved, stalkless, 3-lobed, 5-8 x 4.5-5 mm. Column is held at right-angles to foot, 2-3.5 mm long (without foot); foot 4-6.5mm long; margins of anther cap minutely toothed. Eria-Flower Dendrobium is found in the Himalayas to Indo-China, Jawa to Lesser Sunda Islands, at altitudes of 800-2000 m.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Manipur.

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