(pronounced: EER-ee-nah)


Epidendreae subtribe Glomerinae. Two distinct growth forms occur in the genus with two species having elongate, pendent stems and four species having short, erect stems. No formal names have been given to these groups.

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Epiphytes or terrestrials. Stems short to elongate, erect to pendent, leafy. Leaves alternate, distichous. Inflorescences terminal panicles, short to long-pedunculate, erect or pendent, with the lateral branches short, densely-flowered. Flowers small, +/- cupped, usually fragrant. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip three-lobed, saccate at the base, without callus. Column elongate, lightly arching, slightly dilated, winged at the base; pollinia 4, without a stipe or viscidium.


From the Greek earinos, meaning springtime, referring to their flowering season in New Zealand.


A genus of six species in the Pacific from New Zealand to Fiji, Samoa, and Tahiti.

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St. George, I. 1993. The Pacific genus Earina. Orchadian 11(2):56-65.