Eria sinica (Lindl. ex Benth.) Lindl.1859 SECTION Conchidium Photo by Chiu Pang and His Orchid Blogsite


Common Name The Chinese Eria - In China Ge Lan

Flower Size 1/4" [.8 cm]

Found in Hong Kong and Hainan China as well as India? on rocks and trees usually with mosses at elevations under 500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with subglobose pseudobulbs enveloped by thin, membraneous sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, apical, spathulate-oblong to subobovate, membraneous, acute and apiculate apically, cuneate basally leaves that blooms in the fall on a very slender, arising from the apex of the pseudobulb, glabrous, .08" [2 mm] long, racemose, 1 to 2 flowered inflroescence with ovate bracts

Very similar to E pusilla and often cited as a synonym of, but, E sinica differs in the shorter sepals and petals.

Synonyms *Conchidium sinicum Lindl. ex Benth 1855; Phreatia uniflora Wight 1851; Pinalia sinica (Lindl. ex Benth.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Hainan Island Wild Orchid illustrations 2005 photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Eria pusillum; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as Conchidium pusillum drawing good; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo plant only ok; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 as syn to E pusilla; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 photo hmm = E pusilla?