(pronounced: er-ee-OH-deez)


Arethuseae subtribe Bletiinae

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Caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs subglobose, subtended by ephemeral diaphanous bracts. Leaves narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, petiolate, acuminate. Inflorescences basal long-pedunculate densely pubescent racemes, the floral bracts somewhat conspicuous. Flowers spidery, widely separated on the rachis. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subimilar, the lateral sepals fused to the column foot for its length. Lip unlobed, arching, hinged at the short claw, without callus. Column stout, broadly winged, with an elongate foot, the free apex of the foot incurved at a 90° angle; the pollinia 8, equal, without stipes or viscidia.


From the Greek eriodes, meaning woolly, referring to a resemblance to the genus Eria.


A monotypic genus native to northeast India and China (Yunnan) to Vietnam.

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Seidenfaden, G. S. 1986. Eriodes. In: Orchid genera in Thailand XIII, Thirty-three epidendroid genera. Opera Bot. 89:65-66.