Eria reticosa Wight 1851 SECTION Conchidium

Photo Sringeswara and The Digital Flora of Karnataka Website


Drawing by Som Deva & H.B.Naithani and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Fragrant Part Shade LATER Summer THROUGH EARLIEST Spring

Common Name The Netted Eria [refers to the net like sheath enveloping the pseudobulb]

Flower Size 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm]

Found in southern India in semi-evergreen forests as a mini-miniature sized lithophyte or rare epiphyte with clustered, small, depressed, disc-like pseudobulbs enveloped by a net like sheath carrying 2, deciduous, with the flowers, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, obtuse to acute leaves that blooms in the late summer through earliest spring on an erect, wiry, 1.2" [3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a broadly cordate, pale brown-purple floral bract and carrying strongly fragrant flowers

CAUTION!!! This species and E braccata are close, Hooker separates them by the entire lip of E braccata and the trilobed lip of E reticosa. If conspecific then E reticosa takes precedence.

Synonyms Conchidium reticosum (Wight) Ormerod 2012; Pinalia reticosa (Wight) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids: A Guide to Identification Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 as Conchidium reticosum photo ok; Orchids of Maharashtra Jalal 2018 photo fide;