Sutep Eria
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Sutep Eria
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Sutep Eria
Botanical name: Pinalia sutepensis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Eria sutepensis

Sutep Eria is a small sized orchid dwelling on trees and rocks, with erect, cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying 4 apical leaves. The plant is named for a mountain in Thalland, Doi Sutep, where it was first found. The plant blooms in the summer on up to 10 cm long, up to 15 flowered inflorescence, carrying flowers that have a strong mushroom smell. Leaves are stalkless, 14-23 cm long, 1-2.9 cm broad, margin entire. Flowering stem is 9-16 cm long, shorter than the leaves. Flowers are erect to nodding. Petals are linear-lanceshaped, tapering, obliquely attached, 1 cm long, 2 mm broad at the middle. Lip is 3-lobed, 8 mm long, 5 mm broad, mid lobe broadly ovate 3.5 mm long, 3 mm broad. Posterior sepals are narrowly lanceshaped, 11 mm long, 2.75 mm broad at the middle. Lateral sepals are lanceshaped, oblique at the base, 11 mm long, 3 mm broad at the middle, 4.5 mm broad at the base. Sutep Eria is found in NE India to Indo-China.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar, Tabish Photographed in State Orchidarium, Manipur.

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