Eria microglossa

Eria microglossa Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 657

Type: Schlechter 16711 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, erect, 20 cm high; rhizome short, decumbent, carnose; roots very slender, filiform, elongated, flexuose, minutely puberulous; pseudobulbs 1-1.5 cm apart, cylindrical, carnose, entirely covered with a few closely appressed sheaths which soon dry out, apex 2-3-leaved, 8-12 cm long, above the middle 0.3-0.5 cm diameter; leaves erect-patent, linear-ligulate, narrowly obtuse, gradually somewhat narrowed at the base, glabrous, 8-13 cm long, near the middle 0.8-1.3 cm wide; Inflorescence arising near the apices of the pseudobulbs, lateral, laxly several-flowered, leaves about half as long as the leaves, erect-patent, peduncle short; bracts recurved, elliptic; acute, somewhat shorter than the ovary. Flowers erect-patent, glabrous. Sepals oblong-lanceolate, subacute, glabrous, 0.7 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base somewhat dilated along the front margin, mentum obtuse, short 0.1 cm long. Petals obliquely lanceolate, acute, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. Lip in outline ovate-lanceolate, 0.4 cm long, in basal third 0.2 cm wide, subacute, apical half somewhat narrowed, at the base cuneate, below the middle with two parallel, rounded, short lamellae. Column semiterete, glabrous, 0.13 cm high, column-foot short, clinandrium low, lobes truncate. Anther rounded-cucullate, glabrous, in front broadly obtusely bidentate. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, 0.7 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest. Altitude 500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 282-466M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.