Keeled Eria
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Keeled Eria
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Keeled Eria
Botanical name: Cryptochilus acuminatus    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria carinata, Pinalia carinata, Cryptochilus carinatus, Eria fordii, Eria rosea

Keeled Eria is a miniature to small sized, rock-dwelling and occasional tree-dwelling orchid, with a stout or slender rhizome carrying ovoid-oblong, grooved pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, elliptic-oblong, pointed, thickly leathery, stoutly stalked leaf. The plant blooms in the fall and early winter on an in leaf-axils, 15-30 cm long, 4 to 5 flowered inflorescence with overlapping, basal, sword shaped sheaths and linear-lanceshaped, equitant floral bracts, and carrying fragrant flowers. Flowers are about 2 cm across, equaling the bracts in length. Sepals, petals and column are light yellowish-green, the seapls with a varnished appearance. Lip is deep dull yellow above, dull flesh-colored below, with dull crimson veins on side lobes, and less distinctly so on the central lobe.Sepals are lanceshaped, pointed, 2.5 cm long, strongly keeled outside, the lateral pair being narrowly winged above. Petals are ovate-lanceshaped, pointed, lip linear-oblong, blunt, with 3 blunt keels on the lower half. Column has two short wings above. Bracts are lanecshaped, pointed, sharply keeled above, about 4 cm long, light green, ovary sharply keeled. Keeled Eria is found in Central Nepal to East Himalaya, Malaya, Thailand, Vietnam.

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

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