Eria iridifolia Hook.f. 1890 SECTION Mycaranthes Rchb.f Photo by Art Vogel

Another Flower Angle

Plant and Inflorescence in situ Cameron Highlands Malaysia Photo by David Kuehn

Common Name The Iris-Like Eria

Flower Size 3/8" to 2/5" [8 to 9 mm]

Found in Borneo, Java, Peninsular Malaysia, Sulawesi & Sumatra in primary forest in main forks of trees at elevations of 700 to 1750 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte and occasional terrestrial in boundary between grassland and forests and forming huge clumps, with a stout stem carrying up to 10, close set, basally clasping, stiff leaves that blooms in the spring on 3 to 4 per growth , terminal, 12" [30 cm] long, many densely flowered, brown pubescent inflorescence carrying up to 100, white pubescent flowers.

Synonyms Eria bidens Ridl. 1896; Eria latifolia [Bl.] Rchb.f 1857; Eria longispica Rolfe 1907; Eria validissima Kraenzl. 1910; Mycaranthes latifolia Blume 1825; Pinalia iridifolia (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Pinalia latifolia (Blume) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as E latifolia; *Icones Plantarum Vol 21 Hooker 1890 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as E latifolia; Flora of the Malayan Penninsula Ridley 1908 as E bidens; Flora of the Malayan Penninsula Ridley 1908; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as E latifolia drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Eria longiscapa sic; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 as E latifolia drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Eria latifolia; Opera Botanica #62 Orchid Genera in Thailand X Seidenfaden 1982; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Orchids Of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Woods 1992 drawing fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo good; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 as Mycaranthes latifolia; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 as as Mycaranthes iridifolia; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 8 2011 as Mycaranthes latifolia Photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 as Mycaranthes latifolia; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 as Eria longispica drawing fide;