Porpax meirax (Parish & Rchb. f.) King & Pantl. 1898 Photo by Egon Krogsgaard

Drawing Drawing by Seidenfaden


Common Name The Enchanting Porpax

Flower Size about 1/2" [1.25 cm]

A dwarf epiphytic or lithophytic, warm to cool growing orchid that is found in India, Myanmar and Thailand at elevations of 500 to 2000 meters with turbinate, clustered pseudobulbs with reticulate, dry basal sheaths carring 2, apical, elliptic-oblong, acute, petiolate leaves arising after it blooms in the summer and fall with a solitary flower arising from the leafless apex of the pseudobulb.

Synonyms *Cryptochilus meirax Parish & Rchb. f. 1874; Eria meirax (Parish & Rchb. f.) N.E. Br. 1880

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/95 as Eria meirax; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing ok; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1960 drawing; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections drawing not = P scaposa; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing ok; Botanisk Tiddskrft Bind 72 1-14 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand VIII Seidenfaden 1977 drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Bulbophyllum and Their Allies Seigerist 2001; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok;