Eria gigantea Ames 1908 SECTION Mycaranthes


Plant and Inflorescence Photos by Ronnie Boos and RV Orchidtalk Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Oaks Ames

Fragrant Part shade Warm Cool SpringFall

Common Name The Giant Eria [refers to the large growth habit]

Flower Size 1/4" [7 mm]

Found on Luzon, Midoro and Mindanao Islands of the Philippines at elevations of 600 to 1300 meters as a giant sized, warm to cool growing lithophyte or terrestrial with erect, leafy throughout stems carrying numerous leaves that basally envelope the stem and blooms in the spring and fall on up to 4, white pubescent, to 8" [to 20 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying citrus scented flowers.

Synonyms Mycaranthes gigantea (Ames) Cootes & W.Suarez 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 2 Ames 1908 drawing good; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 5 Ames 1915; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman & Wood 2001; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nah & La Croix 2005 photo fide; Native Philippine Orchid Species Cootes 2011 as Mycaranthes gigantea photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 as Mycaranthes gigantea;