Eria flava Lindl. 1830 SECTION Dendrolirium

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Rich Unger

Fragrance Spring

Common Name The Yellow Eria

Found in South Yunnan China on tree trunks in sparse woods at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a stout rhizome with 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] between each elliptic, laterally compresssed, furrowed, basally sheathed pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 5, lanceolate-oblong, acute-acuminate, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a basal, stout, erect, 6" [15 cm] long, 7 to 12 flowered inflorescence

This species has a hinged, movable lip that sways in the wind.

Said to be a synonym of E lasiopetala but there are several descepancies in the lip structure. I keep them separate at this time but most likely is a syn of E lasiopetala.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as E elongata; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as E flava var lanata; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing ok; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; Indian Orchids: The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; A Guide to Identification Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 as Dendrolirium flavum photo palnt only; Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984; The Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen & Mori 1997 as Callostylis rigida; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005