Eria singulifolia

Eria singulifolia Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 16 (1919) 116

Type: Kempter s.n. (Kaiser Wilhelmsland, area behind Vanimo) (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, 18-25 cm high Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, flexuose, slender, densely and shortly pilose. Pseudobulbs closely spaced, cylindrical-oblongoid, 1-leaved, 2.5-3 cm long, near the middle 0.5- 0.65 cm diam. Leaf erect, ligulate, rather obtuse, gradually somewhat narrowed towards the base, 14-22 cm long, near the middle 1.3-2.4 cm wide, thin-textured. Inflorescence single, arising laterally below the apices of the pseudobulbs, slender, up to 9 cm long, laxly 6-10-flowered, peduncle 3-4 cm long, rachis thinly and very shortly puberulous. Floral bracts patent, deltoid, rather obtuse, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals outside minutely and shortly puberulous, rather obtuse, 0.6 cm long. Median sepal oblong. Lateral sepals oblique ovate-triangular, at the base along the front margins conspicuously widened; mentum obtuse, obliquely semi-elliptic, 0.3 cm long. Petals obliquely lanceolate-ligulate, obtuse, glabrous, almost as long as the sepals. Lip at the base very shortly clawed-contracted obtriangular-cuneate, in front 3-lobed, 0.5 cm long, below the apex 0.3 cm wide, in the middle with two obliquely semitriangular, obtuse lamellae; lateral lobes patent, obliquely triangular obtuse; mid-lobe in front narrowly triangular, obtuse, at the apex somewhat thickened. Column short, clinandrium with truncate lateral lobes, denticulate. Ovary slender, pedicellate, minutely puberulous, 1 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1919).

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 282-693M.JPG

Cultivation: Epiphyte.