Eria ferruginea Lindl. 1839 SECTION Dendrolirium Photo by Bhaskar Bora and his Orchids of Lakhimpur Blogspot

Drawing Photo of drawing from Edwards Botanical Journal

Common Name The Rusty Eria [refers to the color of the tomentose inflorescence]

Flower Size 3/4 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm]

Found in India and Bhutan at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a thick creeping rhizome giving rise to stem-like, cylindric, 5 noded, branched pseudobulbs enveloped by sheaths and carrying 2, apical, narrowly oblong-elliptic to elliptic, acute to subacuminate, coriaceous, gradually narrowing below into the grooved, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a basal, racemose, tomentose, to 6.4" [to 16 cm] long, laxly 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence enveloped by lanceolate, acuminate, tomentose sheaths and has ovate, acute, reflexed, tomentose floral bracts

Similar to E tomentosa but that species has fatter pseudobulbs, more densely tomentose and has a differently shaped lip.

Synonyms Dendrolirium ferrugineum (Lindl.) A.N.Rao 2010; Pinalia ferruginea (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007;