Eria paniculata Lindl.1830 SECTION Mycaranthes

Inflorescence Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo by Karel & Alex Petrzelka and the Vietnam Orchid Website

Fragrance Full Shade WarmCold Winter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Paniculate Eria

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, Bangladesh, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Borneo? in mixed evergreen forests at elevations of 660 to 2300 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with caespitose, pendent, woody stems enveloped by tubular sheaths and carrying many all along the stem, linear to linear-oblong, acuminate, fleshy, subsessile to shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter through spring on 2 to 4, terminal, fasciculate to paniculate, wooly pubescent, 3" to 12.4" [7.5 to 31 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with acrid smelling flowers

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution. This species and E monostachya have been crossed up as one for years but they appear to be two different species with this one having a wide distribution throughout the Himalayas and SE Asia and E monostachya being confined to Sumatra and Java. I have done my best to sort them out but do not have the original drawing so cannot for sure.

Synonyms Callista floribunda (D.Don) Kuntze 1891; Dendrobium floribundum D.Don 1825; Mycaranthes floribunda (D.Don) S.C.Chen & J.J.Wood 2009; Pinalia paniculata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as Eria paniculata drawing good; Contribution to a Revision of the Orchid Flora of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam Seidenfaden 1975; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Opera Botanica #62 Orchid Genera in Thailand X Seidenfaden 1982 drawing fide/photo good; AOS Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo ok; Orchid Flora of Kamrup District, Assam Iswar Chandra Barua 2001 as E paniculata drawing fide; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001 photo ok; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as E paniculata drawings fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Mycaranthes floribunda ; Flora of China Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as Mycaranthes floribunda drawing ok; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 photo hmm

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