Eria gagnepainii A.D.Hawkes & A.H.Heller 1957 SECTION Trichosma

Photo by Liu Yan

LATER through MID

Common Name Gagnepain's Eria [French Botanist early 1900's] - In China Xiang Gang Mao Lan

Flower Size 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm]

Found in the Yunnan province of China and Vietnam in forests on trees or rocks at elevations of 1500 to 2100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a creeping rhizome enveloped by funnel shaped sheaths and giving rise to either close set or to 1.2" [3 cm] between each, cylindric, slender, elongate pseudobulbs with a long, fibrous, lacerate sheath and carrying 2, subterminal, sessile, narrowly elliptic, elliptic-lanceolate, oblong-lanceolate to obovate-elliptic, 5 to 9 main veined, acuminate leaves that blooms in the later winter through mid spring on 1 to 2, axillary, 2.4 to 16" [6 to 40 cm] long, to 12 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate to linear, acuminate floral bracts and carrying at first pure white becoming cream and then yellow with age, scented or not flowers.

Synonyms Eria herklotsii P.J.Cribb 1976; Eria rubropunctata Seidenf. 1992; *Trichosma simondii Gagnep. 1950

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 as E herklotsii drawing/photo fide; Turczaninowia 16(4):26-46 NEW AND RARE ORCHIDS (ORCHIDACEAE) IN THE FLORA OF CAMBODIA AND LAOS Averyanov 2013 as Tricosma simondii; The Wild Orchids of Taiwam Lin & Wang 2014 photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;