Erythrodes latiloba Ormerod 2002 Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg

Full Shade Hot Warm LATEWinter

Common Name The Broad Lobed Erythrodes

Flower Size .4 [1 cm] wide .6 [1.5 cm] long

Found in central Sri Lanka in tropical wet, evergreen forests at elevations of 300 up to 950 meters as a miniture to small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a stout, erect, leafy, glabrous stem carrying scattered, obliquely ovate, acute, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, peduncle pubescent, 6.8 to 8.4 [17 to 21 cm] long, greenish below, bearing a reduced leaf at the base, 4 to 7, pubescent, finely acuminate, sterile bracts above, rachis pubescent, 4.8 to 6.4 [12 to 16 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, acute, glandular-pubescent, single veined floral bracts and carrying white flowers.

Ormerod noticed that Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981, had noted a Erythrodes occuring in Sri Lanka and that the drawing did not fit E humilis as they had written. E humilis is a synonym of E blumei but it has not been recorded for Sri Lanka. He described the new species in 2002 from their drawing.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 as E humilis drawing fide; An Annotated Checklist of the Orchids of Sri Lanka Samantha Suranjan Fernando and Paul Ormerod1 Rheedea 2008