Eria kingii F.Muell. 1882 SECTION Hymenaria

Photo by © Peter O'Byrne


Photos by © J. B. Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Flower Closeup


Plant in situ in New Guinea Photos by André Schuiteman, courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Part Sun Hot Warm Winter spring

Common Name King's Eria - In Australia The Common Gremlin Orchid

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the Moluccas, Sulawesi, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Queensland Australia in lowland forests at elevations of sealevel to 650 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with thick, close set, fleshy pseudobulbs enveloped basally by large, conduplicate, triangular sheaths and carrying 3, linear-lanceolate, apically narrowed, narrowly obtuse, narrowing below ito the elongate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on 2 to 5, erect to horizontal, densely pubescent, densely many flowered, 5 to 7.6" [12.5 to 19 cm] long racemose inflorescence with several, adpressed, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, concave, pubescent bracts and reflexed, ovate to oblong, obtuse, pubescent floral bracts.

Synonyms Eria ambasiensis F.M.Bailey 1907; Eria hollandiae J.J.Sm. 1911; Eria inornata T.E.Hunt 1952; Eria linariiflora Rupp 1953; Eria moluccana Schltr. & J.J.Sm. 1905; Eria wollastonii Ridl. 1916; Hymeneria kingii (F.Muell.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2002; Pinalia kingii (F.Muell.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae Of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 doubtful sp.; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 as E inornata drawing fide; Contribution to a Revision of the Orchid Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam Seidenfaden 1975; Contribution to a Revision of the Orchid Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam Seidenfaden 1975 as E ridleyi; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 as Eria inornata photo good; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing good/photo fide; A Guide to Orchids of the World Hodgson, Paine & Anderson 1991 as E inornata Photo ok; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Cribb & Wood 1994 excluded taxa; Lowland Orchids of Papua New Guinea O'Byrne 1994 drawing/photo; Orchids of Samoa Whistler & Cribb 1996 drawing good/photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Botanica's Orchids Lauren Glen 2002 photo ok; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2005; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Pinalia kingii photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 18 2016 as Pinalia moluccana drawing/photo fide