Hollowed Eria
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Hollowed Eria
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Hollowed Eria
Botanical name: Pinalia excavata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria excavata, Eria sphaerochila, Eria flava var. rubida

Hollowed Eria is a miniature to small sized, tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid with cylindrical, tapering at each end, rugose pseudobulbs carrying 4-6, oblong-lanceshaped to elliptic-lanceshaped, pointed, membraneous, many veined leaves, gradually narrowing below into the grooved stalked base. The plant blooms in the spring and summer on a at branch-ends, erect to slightly decurved, reddish velvet-hairy, 2.5-10 cm long, raceme, laxly 6-12 flowered, with long-tapering, lanceshaped, hairless floral bracts. Flowers are white, flower-stalk and ovary 7-8 mm, brown velvet-hairy; sepals and petals brown velvet-hairy below. Dorsal sepal is nearly elliptic, about 9 x 3 mm, pointed; lateral sepals sickle shaped-lanceshaped, about 9 x 4 mm, pointed. Petals are elliptic, about 6 x 2 mm, pointed. Lip is nearly round, nearly 5 mm, concave at base, 3-lobed from near base; lateral lobes ovate-triangular, small, blunt, each with an erect callus above; mid-lobe somewhat kidney-shaped. Hollowed Eria is found in Nepal to East Himalaya, S. & SE. Tibet.

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

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