Eria leptocarpa Hook.f. 1890 SECTION Cylindrolobus

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Mrs. Shiva Ramli and The Wild Orchids in Sumatra Website


TYPE Drawing by Hooker and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Warm Winter

Common Name The Thin Seedpod Eria

Flower Size

Found in Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations around 700 to 800 meters as a large sized, warm growing epiphyte with thick, hollow, stems carrying linear-lanceolate, thinly coriaceous, obtuse, unequally bilobed leaves that blooms in the winter on an erect, peduncle to 1" [2.5 cm], subracemose, rachis to 3" [7.5 cm] long, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, fleshy floral bracts.

Hooker stated that the plant is remarkable for the elongate, thin, seed capsules that resemble E nutans.

CAUTION!!!! The determination above is close but differs from Hooker in the short, single flowered inflorescence and the shorter, obtuse, sepals and petals, the lip though is exact. Please use with caution!!!!

Synonyms Cylindrolobus leptocarpus (Hook.f.) Rauschert 1983; Pinalia leptocarpa (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Trichosma leptocarpum (Hook.f.) Rauschert 1983; Trichotosia leptocarpa (Hook.f.) Kraenzl. 1911;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Britich India 5:805 Hkr f. 1890 drawing fide; Hooker's Icones Plantarum Vol 21 plate 2074 Hkr.f 1891 drawing good; Flora of the Malayan Penninsula Ridley 1908; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1953; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing good; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman & Wood 2001; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 17 2016 as Cylindrolobus leptocarpus; Harvard Pap. Bot. 19: 79; A Synopsis of Eria Lindl. section Cylindrolobus (Blume) Lindl. (Orchidaceae: Eriinae) in Malesia Ormerod 2014