Bamboo-Leaf Eria
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Bamboo-Leaf Eria
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Bamboo-Leaf Eria
Botanical name: Callostylis bambusifolia    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria bambusifolia, Pinalia bambusifolia

Bamboo-Leaf Eria is a medium sized orchid found growing on trees. The plant blooms in fall on a branch-end raceme-like to somewhat-panicled inflorescence which is lax, reddish-velvet-hairy, up to 23 cm long, several flowered, with broad sub-round, apiculate floral bracts. Flowers are white, with brownish red veins; flower-stalk and ovary 1-4 cm. Dorsal sepal oblong-lanceshaped, about 12 x 3 mm, blunt; lateral sepals obliquely oblong-lanceshaped, about 10 x 5 mm, blunt. Petals oblong-lanceshaped, about 11 x 2.5 mm, blunt; lip ovate-oblong in outline, about 10 x 5-6 mm, nearly entire. Disk is brownish red, with 3 densely white velvet-hairy lamellae extending from base to tip. Column about 8 mm. The plant has an elongated stem enveloped by tubular sheaths and carryies 7 to 10, narrowly elliptic-oblong, tapering, many veined, bamboo-like leaves tapering to the sheathing base. Bamboo-Leaf Eria is found in NE India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, S. Yunnan (China) at altitudes of 900-1200 m.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Kaziranga Orchid & Biodiversity Park, Assam.

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