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Eria spicata

This is a discussion on Eria spicata within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I received this as a division two months ago, and it just opened up. The ...

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    I received this as a division two months ago, and it just opened up. The flowers will only last for a few days, so I rigged the kitchen for a photo shoot this morning.

    You can see how the flower spikes break through the side of the pseudobulbs on new growths. The individual flowers are quite small - barely a centimeter across. And the smell... It's definitely smelly during the day, but I wouldn't call it fragrant. It's not stinky, but it's not quite pleasant. More funky. It's a bit cloying, and fruit of the verge of rotting was my first description. One friend suggested the smell of corn silk, but much more intense. And a friend this morning had a ready answer: flamingo poo! She recently visited Busch Gardens.

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    That's a really neat plant. I actually had a friend just give me an eria. Don't really know much about them, but the blooms look nice at any rate!

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    Thanks, Aaron! There's lots of variation within the genus, so this isn't necessarily what you can expect. I've love to know if yours has the same scent.

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    Very unusual plant and flowers.....flamingo poo??!! LOL

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    Intriguing plant and blooms!
    And a weird fragrance that is, flamingo poo? Is it musky with some salty scent to it like dried uric acid? Hehehheeeee ...
    Good going there, Julie!

    Cheers. Hoa.

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    i feel this isn't Eria spicata
    because the plant is different from mine

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    It was formerly named Eria convallarioides.

    Do you have a photo of yours, Wecan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    It was formerly named Eria convallarioides.

    Do you have a photo of yours, Wecan?

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    i had post it in my another title
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...?t=5373&page=3

    picture 27-4
    it seem different from yours

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    It's definitely a different plant from yours. And thanks for adding all the names in your previous post - that makes it much more fun and educational! Tim-O, now you have no excuses - get shopping!

    Let me check with the person I got the division from, and an AOS judge I know. It's definitely an Eria, but the pseudobulbs and leaves are completely different from yours. I'll let you know what I turn up.

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