Eriaxis rigida Rchb.f.1876 Photo by Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile

Another Flower in situ New Caledonia Photo by Edouard Faria

part sunHot Spring

Common Name The Rigid Eriaxis

Flower Size 1.2" to 2" [3 to 5 cm]

Found in New Caledonia in open scrublands as a giant sized, hot growing terrestrial with hollow, stiff, leafy, sterile stems that occasionally can have an inflorescence on an offshoot near the apex, but normally blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, successively 1 to 2, several flowered inflorescence with very short lived flowers

Synonyms Epistephium regis-alberti Kraenzl. 1900; Galeola rigida (Rchb.f.) Benth. & Hook.f. 1883

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing/PHOTO fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societie Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 photo fide;