Eria micholitzii

Eria micholitzii Kraenzl., österr. Bot. Zeitschr. 44 (1894) 460

Type: Micholitz s.n. (1893, Friedrich Wilhelmshafen)

Roots very thick. Pseudobulbs 4-angled, to 8 cm high, 2-8 cm diam., conical, 3- to 4-leaved. Leaves lanceolate, narrowed into a petiole, acuminate, 55-65 by 5-6 cm , 3- to 5-nerved, rather stiff, resembling those of the genus Stanhopea. Racemes two, shorter than the leaves, pendulous, many-flowered, to 40 cm long; rachis towards the apex pilose. Floral bracts dorsally pilose, as long as the ovaries. Flowers 2-3 cm across. Sepals linear, acuminate. Lateral sepals outside and (sparsely) inside pilose; mentum distinctly curved, broadly obtuse. Petals similar but shorter, linear, acuminate, glabrous. Lip clawed-hastate; lateral lobes in front near the middle somewhat divergent, triangular, at the apex rounded; mid-lobe ligulate, acute, inside with 3 raised lines running from the base almost up to the apex. (After Kraenzlin, 1894).

Colours: Flower whitish, brown-tomentose, lip with yellow keel.

Habitat: Epiphyte. Altitude 0-500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April, June, September, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 282-461M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyteWarm growing epiphyteWarm growing ep[iphyte.