Mysore Eria
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Mysore Eria
P Native Orchid oblong Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Mysore Eria
Botanical name: Pinalia mysorensis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria mysorensis

Mysore Eria is an orchid found growing on trees, with pseudobulbs ovoid, swollen, compressed, reddish-brown. Leaves are 2 to many at the tip of pseudobulbs, oblong-lanceshaped, mucronate, up to 15 x 3 cm. Flowers arise from between the leaves. Flowers are several in racemes, straw-coloured, fragrant, 1.2 cm long, flowering stem to 8 cm long, velvet-hairy. Sepals are lanceshaped, 1 x 0.3 cm, creamy yellow; dorsal sepals and petals similar, free; lateral sepals fused with the foot of column forming a short mentum. Petals are linear-lanceshaped, narrower than the sepals. Lip shortly clawed, subheart-shaped at base, subpandurate, pointed, 3-ridged, 8 mm long, orange-yellow with purple at base. Column free with elongated foot. Pollinia 8, in 2 groups. Mysore Eria is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Ravee Bhat, Srikanth P. Photographed in Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka & Anamalai Hills, Tamil Nadu.

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