Eria compressiflora [P.T.Ong, P.O'Byrne & Gokusing] In ed. SECTION Hymenaria Lindl 1859

As a terrestrial in situ New Guinea

Photos by Peter O'Byrne

Common Name The Compressed Flower Eria

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia and Sabah Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations around 1100 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, clustered, cylindrical, tapering towards the apex, slightly compressed, fleshy, greenish-brown, when fresh, completely brown when old stems carrying 1 to 2, apicaly without a petiolae, linear-elliptic, green, acute leaes that blooms in the spring and summer on 1 to more, emerging latertally near the apex of the stem, ascending, peduncle .52 to 1.84" [1.3 to 4.6 cm] long, pale yellow to green, sparsely covered with short, brown hairs, provided with 5 to 7 sterile bracts below the rachis, rachis 2.84 to 3.28" [7.1 to 8.2 cm] long, sparsely covered in short brown hairs, mostly simultaneously 22 to 37 flowered inflorescence with deflexed, ovate, acute to briefly acuminate, cream sometimes suffused reddish, exterior surface densely covered, in short red brown hairs and carrying resupinate flowers that face in all directions.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 21 2018 photo/drawing fide