Eria tricolor Thwaites 1864 SECTION Pinalia Photo by Suranjan Fernando and An Annotated Checklist of the Orchids of Sri Lanka Website

Drawing Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shadeCool Spring

Common Name The Three Colored Eria

Flower Size .64 to .8" [1.6 to 2 cm]

Found in Sri Lanka in subtropical montane forests at elevations of 1400 to 1900 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with fusiform to cylindric-conical, many noded pseudobulbs enveloped basally by brown sheaths and carrying 6 to 7, towards the apex, distichous, recurved, linear-lanceolate, strongly veined, acute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, from the nodes of mid pseudobulb, 4.8" [12 cm] long overall, loosely several to many flowered inflorescence with small, broadly ovate, obtuse, green, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying creamy white flowers with a pink and yellow lip.

Synonyms Pinalia tricolor (Thwaites) Kuntze 1891

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