Shaggy-Leaf Eria
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Shaggy-Leaf Eria
P Native Photo: Smita Raskar
Common name: Shaggy-Leaf Eria
Botanical name: Trichotosia dasyphylla    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria dasyphylla, Eria evrardii, Pinalia dasyphylla

Shaggy-Leaf Eria is a dwarf, tree-dwelling orchid with an elongated creeping, fleshy rhizome carrying a pseudobulb with 2 to 6 apical, nearly round, or elliptic, to obovate-elliptic, blunt, bluish green, very hairy leaves. Hairy flowers and bracts arise singly. Flowers are pale yellow; flower-stalk very short. Sepals have dense long white hairs below; dorsal sepal ovate-lanceshaped, 3-4 x 1-2 mm, blunt; lateral sepals obliquely triangular, 5-6 x about 4 mm, blunt; mentum about 4 x 2 mm. Petals are oblong, 3-4 x about 1 mm, below with dense white long hairs, tip blunt; lip obovate-oblong, 5-6 x about 3 mm, slightly contracted at middle, thickened, below with white long hairs, margin fringed with hairs, tip nearly flat, with 2 oblong calli on both sides, with a slightly thickened area between calli. Column is about 1.5 mm; foot about 4 mm. Shaggy-Leaf Eria is found from Nepal to East-Himalaya, China and Indo-China, at altitudes of 800-1600 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Smita Raskar Photographed in Kalimpong distt, West Bengal.

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