Eria ramuana Schltr. 1905 SECTION Goniorhabos

Side View of Flower

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

Part Shade Hot Winter

Common Name The Ramu River Eria [River in New Guinea]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in New Guinea in riverine lowland forests at elevations around 100 meters as a medium to large sized, hot growing epiphyte with close set, strongly compressed, ancipitous, oblong pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, erect, narrowly lanceolate, thick, glabrous, plicate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the winter on a lateral, from near the apex of the pseudobulb, racemose, erect, flexuous, [32" [80 cm] long, angular in cross-section, many flowered inflorescence with distant, lanceolate, acuminate bracts and lanceolate, longer than the ovary, almost imbricate, acuminate floral bracts.

Can be confused with Eria imitans but differs in the red brown central spot on the mid lobe of the labellum and the rounder more earlike, tan side lobes of the mid lobe as well as the acute apex of the lip.

Synonyms Eria ramuana var. wariana Schltr. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing ok; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 as E imitans photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 drawing good; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 as E imitans Photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2005