Eria umbonata

Eria umbonata F.Muell. & Kraenzl., österr. Bot. Zeitschr. 44 (1894) 161

Type: Anderson s.n. (1893) (holo B, lost)

Stems cylindrical, short, with 4 or 5 internodes, shiny, 2- or 3-leaved at the apex. Leaves lanceolate, acute, rather hard. Racemes lax, few-flowered, glabrous. Floral bracts thin-textured, chaffy, withered at anthesis. Flower 1.2 cm across. Median sepal oblong-lanceolate, acuminate. Lateral sepals similar; mentum slightly curved, obtuse. Petals linear, acuminate, as long as the sepals. Lip surpassing the sepals, 3-lobed; lateral lobes semi-obovate, rounded in front, obtuse; mid-lobe cuneate, obcordate, along the margins thickened and longitudinally lined, between the lateral lobes with a thick shiny umbo. Column thick, rather conspicuous. Anther flat with very broadly margins. Clinandrium on either side with dilated margins. Pollinia 8, rather large. (After Kraenzlin, 1911).

Colours: Not recorded, but swelling (umbo) on the lip said to be purple and shiny.

Habitat: Not known.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea.