White Eria
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White Eria
P Native Photo: M. Sulaiman
Common name: White Eria, White Flowered Eria
Botanical name: Eria albiflora    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

White Eria is a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing orchid growing on trees, with close set, spherical-ovoid pseudobulbs with white scaly spots and leafless with age. Leaves are elliptic-lanceshaped, abruptly narrowing below into the short to long basally clasping base. The plant blooms in the summer on a few, at branch-ends,brown velvet-hairy, 5-10 cm long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with boat-shaped, persistent, langer than the flower-stalk floral bracts and carrying white, scattered flowers. Flowers are 5-8 mm long, white, velvet-hairy at dorsal surfaces of sepals. Dorsal sepal 2.5-4 x 1-1.5 mm, oblong-lanceshaped, lateral sepals 2.5-4.5 mm long, ovate-lanceshaped, curved. Petals are 2-3.5 x 1-1.5 mm, elliptic-lanceshaped, lip 1.5-2 x 1.5-2 mm, ovate-round to rhomboid, shortly clawed. White Eria is endemic to Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: M. Sulaiman Photographed in Naduvattam, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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