Eria exilis Hook.f. 1891 SECTION Conchidium Photo by Prejith Sampath and hisSAHYADRIS Blogspot

Plant in situ Mahabaleshwar, Satara Dt., Maharashtra State India

Plant and Flowers in situ Mahabaleshwar, Satara Dt., Maharashtra State India Photos by Antoine Le Lirzin

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Common Name The Slim Eria [refers to the inflorescence?]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in southwestern India, Sri Lanka and Thailand at elevations around 700 meters on mossy trees as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with irregularly round, strongly compressed pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, deciduous, sessile, obovate-elliptic, apiculate leaves leaf and blooms in the late summer and fall on a pendant, .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long, 7 to 12 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Conchidium exile (Hook.f.) Ormerod 2012; Eria chandrasekharanii (Bhargavan & C.N.Mohanan) C.S.Kumar & Manilal 1968; Eria minima Blatt. & McCann 1931; Pinalia exilis (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Porpax chandrasekharanii Bhargavan & C.N.Mohanan 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Vol 21 part 3 Hooker 1891 drawing fide to plant; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing good; Miniature Orchids Northern 1980; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007

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