Rusty Eria
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Rusty Eria
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Rusty Eria
Botanical name: Dendrolirium ferrugineum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria ferruginea, Pinalia ferruginea, Trichotosia ferruginea

Rusty Eria is a small sized, tree-dwelling orchid with a thick creeping rhizome giving rise to stem-like, cylindric, 5 noded, branched pseudobulbs enveloped by sheaths and carrying 2, apical, narrowly oblong-elliptic to elliptic, pointed to somewhat tapering, leathery leaves, gradually narrowing below into the grooved, stalked base. The plant blooms in the spring on a basal, racemose, woolly, up to 16 cm long, laxly 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence enveloped by lanceshaped, tapering, woolly sheaths and has ovate, pointed, reflexed, woolly floral bracts. Flowers are 2-3 cm across, white, with a pink lip. Rusty Eria is found in NE India and Bhutan at elevations of 800-1800 m.

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

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