Earina valida Rchb.f. 1876


Plant and FlowersPhotos by Takato NATSU from Japan and his Japan Orchids Page

Flower Closeup Photo by Copyright Rogier Van Vugt and His PBase Orchid Photo Website

Part Shade HotWarm Winter SpringSummerfall

Common Name The Strong Earina

Flower Size .15" [.45mm]

Found in Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa and Vanuatu in montane forests at elevations of 300 to 1100 meters as a large to giant sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clustered, ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped completely by persistent leafless sheaths and carrying distichous, arranged in a fan, lanceolate-linear, unequally bilobed apically, becoming conduplicate towards the base leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, 25" [62.5 cm] long, racemose, many flowered inflorescence with many, all along the top 1/2, distichously arranged, .4" [1 cm or less] long, 4 flowered branches.

Similar to E floripectin but this one differs in having a narrower column.

Synonyms Agrostophyllum drakeanum Kraenzl. 1903; Earina brousmichei Kraenzl. 1928; Earina laxior Rchb.f. 1878; Earina plana Rchb.f. 1878; Earina samoensiana F.Muell. & Kraenzl. 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as E laxior; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as E plana; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878 as E laxior; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878 as E plana; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 as E samoensis; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 photo good; Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 photo fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia SNCO 1995 photo fide