Eria stenobulba

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

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

Epiphytic, erect, 25-32 cm high. Rhizome short. Roots filiform, flexuose, slender, glabrous. Pseudobulbs slender, at the apex 2-3-leaved, cylindrical, 13-15 cm high, near the middle 0.2 cm diam. Leaves erect-patent or suberect, lanceolate-ligulate, subacute, towards the base gradually weakly petiolate-narrowed, 12-16 cm long, below the middle 1.2-1.5 cm wide. inflorescence arising near the apices of the pseudobulbs, single, suberect, up to 8 cm long, peduncle short, 3 cm long, with 2-3 cucullate-clasping peduncle-scales, raceme laxly 10-15-flowered. Floral bracts outspread, oblong, acute, almost as long as the pedicellate ovary. Flowers thin-textured, erect-patent. Sepals oblong, obtuse, almost glabrous, 0.5 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base along the front margin dilated; mentum triangular obtuse, c. 0.25 cm long. Petals obliquely ligulate, rather obtuse, gradually somewhat narrowed towards the base, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip at the base cuneate, in outline rhombic-obovate, above the middle 3-lobed, 0.5 cm long, above the middle when flattened 0.3 cm wide, with two indistinct, apically free, truncate, parallel keels decurrent to below the middle; lateral lobes obliquely semi-oblong, obtuse, very small; mid-lobe elliptic-quadrate, with subundulate margins, minutely and densely papillose. Column short, semiterete; clinandrium subentire. Ovary pedicellate, slender, stellate-puberulous, 0.7 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: 282-709M.JPG

Cultivation: Epiphyte.