Tiny Eria
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Tiny Eria
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Tiny Eria
Botanical name: Conchidium nanum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria nana, Eria muscicola var. brevilinguis

Tiny Eria is a mini-miniature sized tree-dwelling orchid, with pseudobulbs spherical-discoid, 2-4 mm across, enclosed in a fibrous sheath. Leaves are 2, from top of pseudobulb, 1-1.5 x 0.2-0.3 cm, linear to inverted-lanceshaped, pointed at tip, narrowed at base. Flowers are borne at branch-ends, in 2-3 flowered racemes, bracts linear, 3 mm long. Flowers are white, 4-5 mm across. Sepals and petals are 5-6 mm long, lanceshaped, tapering at tip. Lip is 3-4 mm long, not-lobed. Column is about 1 mm long. Pollinia are 8, in 2 bundles. Flower-stalk with the ovary is 2-3 mm long. Tiny Eria is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Silent Valley National Park, Kerala.

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