Flat-Stem Eria
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Flat-Stem Eria
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Flat-Stem Eria
Botanical name: Agrostophyllum planicaule    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria planicaulis, Agrostophyllum khasianum, Agrostophyllum hasseltii

Flat-Stem Eria is a lean and weedy orchid with a fleshy flattened stem, 15-20 cm long, carrying 1 to 2, oblong leaves. The plant blooms in the late spring and early summer on a spherical-head-like, densely many flowered, short inflorescence 1.8 cm, with fibrous-membraneous, lanceshaped, somewhat pointed, brown floral bracts. Leaves are 10-17 by 1.6-1.8 cm, base contracted. Flowers are 6 mm in diameter. Ovary is blunt-angled not exceeding the pointed linear bracts, sepals tapering 3-nerved, petals linear-oblong 3-nerved, epichile kidney-shaped. Flat-Stem Eria is native to East Himalaya to China and Indo-China.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Tippi, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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