Erythrodes purpurascens Schltr. 1905 Type Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Hot Warm" Fall

Common Name The Shimmering Purple Erythrodes

Flower Size .16 t o.24" [4 to 6 mm] long

Found in New Guinea and Samoa in montane forests at elevations around 40 to 890 meters as a small to just medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with reddish tinged, obliquely ovate, acute leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, racemose, to 8.8" [22 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate with small white flowers.

Schlechter states that the front lobe of the lip is smaller than other species of the genus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 Drawing fide; Orchids of Samoa Whistler & Cribb 1996 photo fide