Eria alba Lindl. 1830 SECTION Pinalia TYPE for the section

Photo by Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi and AN ANNOTATED CHECKLIST OF THE ORCHIDS OF WESTERN HIMALAYA, INDIA LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. 2015

Another Flower?

Photo by P. J. Cribb and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Drawing

Drawing by Duthie

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

CAUTION There are two flowers forms here for this species, the first photo seems to be a good match for Duthie's drawing and the second photo is an exact match for P J Cribbs Orchids of Bhutan reference. So please use caution as there is a wide descrepancy in what is proposed as this species.

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 to the first photo; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide to the second photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 as Pinalia alba; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 as Pinalia leucantha photo fide

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