Lovely Pinalia
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Lovely Pinalia
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Lovely Pinalia • Mizo: Nau-ban
Botanical name: Pinalia amica    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria amica, Eria confusa, Pinalia confusa, Pinalia andersonii

Lovely Pinalia is a small sized, warm to cold growing orchid growing on trees, with somewhat cylindrical to ovoid pseudobulbs that are clustered together. The plant carries 1 to 3, linear-lanceshaped, pointed leaves which are gradually narrowing below into the grooved, stalked base. The plant blooms in the spring on 1 to 3, erect, in leaf-axils, 7.5-10 cm long, loosely few to several 5-12, flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers. Sepals and petals arre buff-yellow, with red veins and yellow tips, lip pink with bright yellow tip, lateral lobes and keels red; flower-stalk and ovary 1.5-2 cm, with dense rusty hairs. Dorsal sepal is oblong-lanceshaped, about 10 x 2 mm, blunt; lateral sepals obliquely ovate-triangular, about 10 x 4 mm. Petals are obovate-lanceshaped, 8-9 x about 2 mm, tapering; lip nearly obovate-elliptic in outline, about 8 x 6 mm, 3-lobed. Column is about 4 mm. Capsule is obovoid-cylindric, about 3 cm x 2-3 mm, with rusty hairs; fruiting flower-stalk 9-12 mm, hairy. Lovely Pinalia is found at altitudes of 800-2200 m, in the Himalayas, Taiwan, S Yunnan, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana Photographed in Lurh tlang, Mizoram.

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