Eria aporoides

Eria aporoides Lindl., J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 3 (1859) 60

Type: Cuming s.n. (Philippines) (holo K)

Rhizome short, creeping. Stems ascending, to 25 cm long, not very densely many-leaved. Leaves laterally compressed, triangular, to 3 by 0.8-0.9 cm, apex rather obtuse. Inflorescences arising from the leaf axils, 1-flowered, 1-2 cm long, peduncle-scales 2-3, linear. Floral bract linear. Flower widely opening, sweetly fragrant, delicate. Median sepal oblong, 1 cm long, apex acute. Lateral sepals 1 cm long, apex acute; mentum short, rounded, obtuse. Petals thinner, lanceolate, apex acute. Lip 3-lobed, papillose, with 3 parallel lamellae; lateral lobes minute, semioblong, acute; mid-lobe ovate-oblong, obtuse. Column rather long, stelidia rounded; column-foot very short. Anther tightly affixed to the narrow filament. (After Kraenzlin, 1910, as Dendrobium suaveolens Kraenzl.).

Colours: Flower white, lip light yellow with deeper yellow keels. Bracts orange.

Habitat: Not recorded, probably epiphytic in lowland forest.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Celebes, New Guinea, Philippines.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 282-34M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.

Note: The only Eria in New Guinea with laterally flattened leaves and as such easily recognised.