Eria crassipes Ridl. 1908 SECTION Aeridiostachya

Plant and Flowers in situ Cameron Highlands Photos by David Kuehn

Part shade Cool Cold

Common Name The Thick Leafed Eria

Flower Size 1/4" [.6 cm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak Borneo, and Sumatra in lower montane forests to upper montane mossy ridge forests at elevations around 1500 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with 1.4" between each, terete pseudobulb envelopd mostly by thick brown sheaths and carrying 2, apical, thick, tough, lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms from the leaf axils on a 10.4 to 15.2" [26 to 38 cm] long, brown pubescent, erect, densely many flowered inflorescence enveloped basally by a papery sheath, with very small acute floral bracts

Normally this plant is erect and has erect inflorecence, the photo is of a fallen plant and so the inflorescence are growing upside down as the plant must have fallen after the inflorescnece had formed. Notice that the tip of the newest inflorescence has started to turn up

Synonyms Aeridostachya crassipes (Ridl.) Rauschert 1983; Eria crassifolia Ridl. 1915; Eria reptans Ridl. 1908

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing ok; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; The Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen & Mori 1997 as Eria crassifolia photo ; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman & Wood 2001; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo good; Wild Orchids of The Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo not = E robusta; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 as Aeridostachya crassipes photo ok; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide