Eria rosea Lindl. 1826 SECTION Xiphosium

Photo by Eric Hunt

Another Flower

Photo by Art Vogel

Common Name The Rose Colored Eria - In China Mei Gui Su Bao Lan

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Guangdong, and Hainan provinces of China and Hong Kong in dense forests on steep precipices and rock outcrops at elevations of 500 to 1300 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, slightly compressed, becoming wrinkled, ovoid or conic pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 5 to 7 cataphyls and carrying a single, erect, leathery, linear-lanceolate to oblong, apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate petiolate base leaf and blooms in the spring on a terminal, nearly as long as the leaf, slightly compressed, green, glossy, glabrous, 4.8 to 6.8" [12 to 17 cm] long, zigzag, laxly 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence arising out of a newly forming growth.

Synonyms Cryptochilus roseus [Lindl.] S.C.Chen & J.J.Wood 2010; Octomeria rosea (Lindl.) Spreng. 1828; Pinalia rosea (Wall.) Kuntze; Xiphosium roseum (Lindl.) Griff.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 as Xiphosium roseum photos fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Launert 1992 photo good; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Hainan Island Wild Orchid illustrations 2005 photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Cryptochilus roseus; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as Cryptochilus roseus drawing fide; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as Cryptochilus roseus photos fide; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 as Cryptochilus roseus drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 as Cryptochilus roseus photo fide;