Andaman Eria
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Andaman Eria
P Native Photo: Aditya Gadkari
Common name: Andaman Eria
Botanical name: Dendrolirium andamanicum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria andamanica, Pinalia andamanica

Andaman Eria is a small sized, tree-dwelling orchid with a stout rhizome with 6-8 cm between each thickly ellipsoid, furrowed, somewhat compressed pseudobulbs, carrying 3-5, elliptic-lanceshaped, pointed-blunt, shortly stalked base leaves. The plant blooms in the later spring on a basal, erect, 7.5-10 cm long, 3-4 flowered inflorescence. Lateral sepals are 2 cm long, long-pointed, 9-nerved, petals inverted-lanceshaped, 5-nerved, lip 2.5 cm long, narrowly oblong from broad claw. Side lobes are narrow pointed, axis thickened, midlobe as broad but much shorter, somewhat rectangular, 2-fid, veined, column nearly half as long as the dorsal sepal. Andaman Eria is endemic to Central & S. Andaman Islands.

Identification credit: Aditya Gadkari Photographed in South Andaman.

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