Eria thwaitesii Trimen 1885 SECTION Pinalia Lindl. 1830 Photo by Suranjan Fernando and An Annotated Checklist of the Orchids of Sri Lanka Website

Another Angle

Plant and Flowers Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade Cool Cold Spring Fall

Common Name or Meaning Thwaites' Eria [English Botanist and plant Collector late 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Sri Lanka in tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations of 600 to 1900 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a rhizome giving rise to branching, terete, non-pseudobulbous stems carrying 3 to 7 apical, oblong-lanceolate to subfalcate, obtuse to subacute, apically notched, thickly coriaceous, silky pubescent, basally clasping leaves that become smaller towards the base blooming in the spring and again in the fall on wolly laxly few to several flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate, fleshy, obtuse, wooly pubescent, 8 to 9 veined floral bracts and carrying subsessile, suberect flowers.

Synonyms Eria velutina Thwaites 1861; Pinalia thwaitesii (Trimen) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide;