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Earina autumnalis
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Scientific classification
  • Epidendrum autumnale G.Forst.
  • Cymbidium autumnale (G.Forst.) Sw.
  • Malaxis autumnalis (G.Forst.) Spreng.
  • Earina suaveolens Lindl.
  • Earina alba Colenso

Earina autumnalis, (commonly known as Easter orchid, or in Māori, raupeka) is a species of orchid that is endemic to New Zealand (North and South Islands, plus Chatham Island).

Its small white flowers produce a strong fragrance - a generally pleasant scent which is often compared to vanilla in nature. It generally occurs as an epiphyte or lithophyte - in the former situation it frequently grows in close association with other endemic orchid species such as Winika cunninghamii.

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