Eria bicolor Lindl.1830 SECTION Pinalia

Photo by © Wilfried Löderbusch

Common Name The Two-Colored Eria - Ceylon - The Lily of the Valley Orchid

Flower Size

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in marshy elfin forest with a dense understory of bamboo at elevations around 1200 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with thick, fleshy, purplish-brown pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, apical, acute, strap-shaped leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, deep purple, many flowered inflorescence with bell shaped, sweetly scented flowers.

Synonyms Pinalia bicolor (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Culture in Ceylon and the East Price 1918; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 Schlechter/Brieger 1981 photo plant only; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide;