Eria pauciflora Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 5(1): 4, t. 1636 1851. (syn: Pinalia nilgherensis Kuntze);

Stem clavate, 8-10 cm tall. Leaves 2, 4-6 x 1 cm, oblong-lanceolate, acute. Flowers white, in 1.5-2 cm long, 2-flowered, terminal raceme; bracts 6 x 3 mm, oblong-lanceolate, acute, 3-veined; dorsal sepal 7.5 x 2.8 mm, obovate-oblong, acute, 3-veined; lateral sepals 10 x 5.5-7 mm, obliquely ovate, acute; petals 8.5 x 2 mm, oblong-lanceolate, subacute-obtuse, 3-veined; lip 6.5 x 3.6 mm, quadrate, emarginate at apex; disc with fleshy bilobed calli; midlobe with 3 fleshy ridges.

Flowering and fruiting: August-September
Evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats (endemic)

Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal


Eria pauciflora Wight : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Eria pauciflora Wight, is an epiphytic orchid, collected by me, long back during 1991 from High wavy mountains, western Ghats

That’s interesting. Can’t confirm without flowers, but I assume you have known the plant well already. Habit looks similar.




Please help me to identify this epiphytic Orchid found in a moist forest patch in Kolli hills of TN. I would like to know the Genus.

Date: 27 Dec 2012
Place: Kolli Hills, TN
Alt.: 1460 m asl

Leaf size does not exceed 8 cm. Sorry, I have not seen any flowers or fruits.

I think its Eria pseudoclavicaulis Blatt., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 32: 519 (1928).

can someone please tell me what are the parts of an orchid , that these bulbs like enlargement at the base of the leaves are? what do they store? wat is their purpose in the scheme of things for the life history of this orchid

This can be either Eria pauciflora or Eria pseudoclavicaulis. Cant confirm without flowers.

…, swollen things can be many things by definition.
It can be stem or root or leaf or part of leaf.. In this case the swollen part is stem. They store reserve food material for the plant as Orchids are generally xerophytic in nature.

this is … from kochi, i got this picture while searching something,

this is eria pauciflora only, not pseudoclavicaulis

Yes possibly Eria pauciflora!