Eria imitans Schltr. 1912 SECTION Goniorhabdos Photos by Dr Ed de Vogel and the Orchids of New Guinea Website

Part shade HotFall

Common Name or Meaning The Imitative Eria

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm]

Found in New Guinea in lowland forests on trees at elevations around 300 meters as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte with ovoid-cylindrical, 4 angled pseudobulbs carrying 3 apical, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the fall on a 12" [30 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the newest pseudobulb with erect-patent, subimbricate, acuminate, ovate-elliptic bracts

Can easily be confused with Eria ramuana but differs in the all over violet mid lobe with 2 subparellel lighter colored bars and less rounded side lobes and a deflexed rounded apex of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912/85 drawing good; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 photo not = Eria ramuana; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 photo not = E ramuana