Uttarakhand, S. India as per WCSP;
Saw this white coloured orchid on a tree almost on a edge of a cliff. It was bit difficult to reach. I could manage few photographs with whatever Zoom i had.
Could this be “Conchidium braccatum“??
Kindly validate the ID..
Location: Matheran, Maharashtra
Family: Orchidaceae
Date/Time: 30th June,2018 / 4:00PM

Very beautiful. There is some issue with taxonomy here. This should be Eria reticosa? Now known as Pinalia reticosa!

I need to recheck.

I have kept all our posts under Pinalia reticosa (Wight) Kuntze for the time being in view of the confusion.


ORCHIDACEAE Fortnight: Eria reticosa : Attachments (2). 11 posts by 5 authors.
I love this species, so beautiful it is…….
Eria reticosa Wight.

Shelap Plateau, Radhanagari, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Sept. 2011 

Really very cute orchid Mayur 

Now called Conchidum braccatum.. am i correct …? 
I wish to see this too ..seen in fruiting condition

This should be Eria reticosa I think. 

Eria braccata is the old name of Conchidum braccatum. Eria reticosa is correct, I think.

But Kew plant list says Eria reticosa is synonym of Chonchidium braccatum…. error??

Please check again 🙂 

yes i have checked again .. its here


Interesting. On Kew checklist they are shown as distinct species 🙂
This is Plant list.

I want to know which is correct please  bcoz we have this orchid in our region

Can you please share pics of both… 





Orchid_20-6-2015/23-6-2015_Handi for ID assistance8 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (6)
Submitting images of a specimen of an epiphytic orchid for identification.
Date/time: 20-06-2015 and 23-6-2015/ Afternoon
Location: Handi, Mudigere, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200msl
Habitat: Wild, Moist deciduous forest fringe
Habit; An epiphytic Orchid

This is Conchidium braccatum (Lindl.) Brieger, …

Yes Chonchidum baccatum 

Orchid is Eria reticosa   

Conchidium baccatum is new name of Eria reticosa 

Conchidium reticosum (Wight) Ormerod in Taiwania 57: 119. 2012.
Eria reticosa Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 5(1): 4, t. 1637.
Eria uniflora Dalzell in Hooker’s J. Bot. & Kew Gard. Misc. 4: 111. 1852.
Eria rupestris Blatt. & McCann in J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 35: 270. 1931.
Conchidium braccatum auct. non. (Lindl.) Brieger: R. Govaerts, World Checkl. Monocot. 2014 (only syn. E. reticosa Wight & E. uniflora Dalzell).




Orchid_Mullaiyanagiri_25-7-2015 for ID assistance. : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Submitting images of a lithophytic orchid for identification.
Date/time: 25-7-2015/ About 1-30 pm
Location: Mullaiyanagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka about 1600 msl
Habitat: Wild.
Habit: Lithophytic herb.

Conchidium braccatum



ANAUG06/06 Conchidium braccatum (Lindl.) Brieger : 8 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (4)
Family: Orchidaceae
Date: 2nd August 2015
Place: Chikamagalur, Karnataka

Habit: Epiphytic herb, also found growing on moss covered rocks

Beautiful.. Thanks Dear … for showing us so many new and interesting plants from Chikamagalur, Karnataka..

Thanks … for wonderful pics !! there seems to be a mixing up of other leaves in 12..is it ?

I think correct name/ identification is as per efi page: Conchidium reticosum

Picture of bulbs are important. Please share if you have.

Why not Eria reticosa just for curiosity!

Thanks, …, Eria reticosa Wight a syn. of Conchidium reticosum

…, sorry. I do not have a photo of the bulbs. Normally I would have taken apart one plant to understand the structure but when I came across it, I was at the top of the mountain and the winds and rains were quite incredible.

Will click if I come across it again.

Conchidium braccatum (Lindl.) Brieger SN Oct 02 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Conchidium braccatum (Lindl.) Brieger (= Eria reticosa Wight) is small beautiful epiphytic orchid from Kolli hills.

Thanks for sharing. Bulbs are more important of this species for identification. I am again sure you must have seen it already….

As per WCSP (kew) both (Conchidium braccatum (Lindl.) Brieger & Eria reticosa Wight) are different species, pl. see
Pl. let me know which one is this.

It is Eria reticosa as per my records.


TSPOCT2015-9:Images of Conchidium braccatum shared : 9 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (3)
It is my pleasure to share a few images of Conchidium braccatum (Orchidaceae)
Habit: Epiphytic
Habitat: Moist deciduous and evergreen forests
Sighting: Haandi, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, 1100 msl.
Date: 01-07-2015

It is Conchidium reticosum as per discussions in the threads there.

Some say they are same some say they are different. Some say that one has reticulate network on the bulbs, other has no such network.

I need to check which one is which one, but for that i need a good pic of the bulbs.



… here is picture of bulb. Attachments (1)

Here are the photos of the bulbs clicked in the last week of September this year. Attachments (2)

No sir, this is Eria reticosa.






It is my pleasure to present few images of Conchidium reticosum  (Orchidaceae 

Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, epiphytic, Semi-evergreen forest fringe. 

Sighting: Hassan, Karnataka, about 1100 msl 

Date: 24-06-2016

Superb set, …

Yes Eria reticosa. No pollinia on the moth unfortunately….


Pinalia reticosa habitat’s photos : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (4)- around 1 mb each. 
As mentioned at –

Submitting the habitat (cliff) photos of an orchid, which is most probable the Pinalia reticosa (Wight) Kuntze
(the flowers are yet to completely open).

Kindly check them in the attachment!


Photos of Pinalia reticosa : 2 posts by 1 author. 7 images- around 1 mb each.
As mentioned at –

Submitting the photos of an orchid, which is most probable the Pinalia reticosa (Wight) Kuntze (the flowers are yet to completely open).
Kindly check them in the attachment!


Pinalia reticosa photos : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- around 1 mb each. 
As mentioned at –

Submitting the photos of an orchid, which is most probable the Pinalia reticosa (Wight) Kuntze (the flowers are yet to completely open).

Kindly check them in the attachment!

Yes owing to the net like linings on the pseudobulbs of your plant, they do look like Pinalia reticosa.

There is another species, which doesn’t have this net like thing on the pseudobulbs.



WCSP  Catalogue of Life  IOSPE PHOTOS  e-monocot  IOSPE Photos  An Excursion Flora of Central Tamilnadu, India By K. M. Matthew (1995- Details with keys)

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