Eria aurantia J.J.Sm. 1912 SECTION Cylindrolobus

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Tom Ballinger and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Golden Eria

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 1550 meters as a giant sized, cool growing terrestrial or epiphyte with elongate, terete below, cylindrical above, leafy throughout stem enveloped completely by erect to spreading leaf bases carrying coriaceous, shiny, oblong-elliptic to elliptic, asymetrical apically, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall on a sessile, .72" [1.8 cm] long rachis, golden yellow ochre to orange, 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with alternate, ovate-elliptic, acute to acuminate, slightly upcurved, convex, fleshy orange floral bracts.

Synonyms Cylindrolobus aurantius (J.J.Sm.) J.J.Wood 2010; Eria aurantiaca J.J.Sm. 1911; Eria smithii Merr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001 as E aurantiaca; Orchids of Borneo Vol 4 Wood 2003 drawing fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 5 2010 as Cylindrolobus aurantius; Harvard Pap. Bot. 19: 79; A Synopsis of Eria Lindl. section Cylindrolobus (Blume) Lindl. (Orchidaceae: Eriinae) in Malesia Ormerod 2014 Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 15 2015 as Cylindrolobus aurantiacus;