Eria densa Ridl. 1896 SECTION Urostachya

Side View of Flower

Column detail Photos by Shiva Ramli and The Wild Orchids in Sumatra Website

Plant and Flowers

Inflorescence Photos by Abiom and The Orchids of Pennisular Malaysia Website

Common Name or Meaning The Dense Eria

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Thailand, penninsular Malaysia, Cambodia, Sumatra, Borneo and the Philippines from montane forests and in lowlands at elevations of 1300 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with tall, thick, cylindrical stems carrying a few to 4, apical, lanceolate to strap-shaped, thin but tough, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaves that can bloom at most any time but mostly in the summer with several, to 7.2" [18 cm] long, racemose, arching, densely many flowered inflorescence arising from the nodes near the apex of the stem

The three species, E floribunda, E densa and E pachystachya are often confused, I am sure that these three species are now correct on the site and each one match Seidenfaden's drawings exactly.

Synonyms Pinalia densa [Ridl] J.J.Wood 2011; Urostachya densa (Ridl.) Rauschert 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of the Malayan Penninsula Ridley 1908; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Opera Botanica #62 Orchid Genera in Thailand X Seidenfaden 1982 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo ok; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo ok; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo ok; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 as Pinalia densa drawing/photo ok; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 as Pinalia densa photo fide;