(pronounced: er-ee-OP-siss)


A genus of unknown affinity.

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Caespitose terrestrials or occasionally epiphytes. Roots descending or apogeotrophic. Pseudobulbs ovoid-subcylindric. Leaves 2--3, narrowly linear-elliptic, petiolate, acuminate, leathery. Inflorescences erect, long-pedunculate, cylindric racemes, the floral bracts minute. Flowers showy, long-lasting. Sepals and petals subsimilar, free, spreading, oblong-elliptic to elliptic, obtuse. Lip three-lobed, concave, the callus a pair of basal keels +/- additional ornamentation. Column club-shaped, arching, with very narrow wings, with a short broadly fleshy foot; the pollinia 2, with a longitudinal suture on one side, sessile on a common braodly triangular viscidium.


From the orchid genus Eria and opsis, meaning a resemblance, referring to a similarity to the genus Eria.


A genus of about six species from throughout the Neotropics.

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Hunt, P. F. 1972. Eriopsis biloba. Bot. Mag. 178(4): t. 611.