Eria dischorensis

Eria dischorensis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 666

Type: Schlechter 19697 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, decumbent, up to 15 cm high, rhizome short, decumbent; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, minutely puberulous; pseudobulbs 0.5-1 cm apart, compressed, oblongoid, one-leaved, 2-3 cm high, near the middle 0.8-1 cm wide; leaf erect, elliptic-ligulate, obtuse, unequally bilobulate, gradually somewhat narrowed towards the base, 10-13 cm long, near the middle 2.2-2.7 cm wide. Inflorescences erect, arising singly near the apex of the pseudobulbs, laxly 3-5-flowered, shorter than the leaf, peduncle slender, with a few peduncle-scales, minutely stellate-puberulous, 4-6 cm long; bracts elliptic, narrowly obtuse, much shorter than the ovary. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals oblong, obtuse, sparsely stellate-puberulous towards the base, 0.8 cm long. Lateral sepals lobed-dilated along the front margins, mentum obtuse, 0.3 cm long. Petals subfalcate, linear-ligulate, subacute, glabrous, somewhat shorter than the sepals. Lip cuneate, in front 5-lobulate, 0.7 cm long, in front 0.5 cm wide, at the base with two parallel lamellae which are dilated in front and extend to below the base of the mid-lobe, the outer lateral lobules very small, obliquely rhombic, subfalcate, obtuse, inner lateral lobules semiorbicular, very short, broadly obtuse, at the base with a transverse, narrow callus, median lobule somewhat longer, semiorbicular apiculate, with a V-shaped callus. Column short, glabrous, column-foot oblong, clinandrium crenulate. Anther reniform, cucullate, glabrous, with an oblong, apiculate umbo. Ovary shortly pedicellate, cylindrical, minutely stellate-puberulous, 1.8 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower white, slightly spotted red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea), Australia.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 282-208M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.