Eria alba Lindl. 1830 SECTION Pinalia TYPE for the section Photo by P. J. Cribb and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

FragrancePart shade Cool LATESpringEARLY Summer

Common Name The White Eria

Flower Size 1/4 to .4" [.8 to 1 cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, eastern Himalayas and Nepal at elevations around 1400 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphytic orchid with ovoid to flask shaped, clustered, tapering at each end pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 6, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, erect, pubescent, racemose, 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, laxly 5 to 8 flowered inflorescence with short, ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying sweetly scented flowers

Synonyms Octomeria alba (Lindl.) Wall. ex Hook.f. 1890; Pinalia leucantha Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 as Pinalia alba;

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