Eria monostachya Lindl. 1859 SECTION Mycaranthes

Photoby Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria


Drawing by J.J.Sm.


Photos by Dian Rahardjo and her Orchid Photo Page

Common Name or Meaning The Single Inflorescence Eria

Flower Size 3/8" [9.5mm]

Found in Java and Sumatra at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with an elongate stem carrying 13 to 14, strap-shaped, narrowing towards the unequal apex leaves that blooms on 1 to 3, apical, 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with ovate floral bracts

CAUTION This species has been confused with E paniculata ever since Reichenbach erroneously described it as such in 1859 from a plant of Eria monostachya. They are definitely 2 different species with this one confined to Java and Sumatra. Eria paniculata Lindley 1830 comes from the Himalayas through all of Southeast Asia.

Synonyms Eria monostachya var. pleiostachya Beck 1914; Eria paniculata Rchb.f. ex Lindl. 1859; Mycaranthes monostachya (Lindl.) Rauschert 1983; Pinalia monostachya (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11 Schlechter/Brieger 1981; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo ok; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 as E monostachya var grandiflora; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 as E monostachya var caniculata; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Launert 1992; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman & Wood 2001; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo good; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide