Liparis mulindana Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 560 (1915).
Dwarf terrestrial herb with a short, fleshy rhizome. Leaf 1, appressed to the ground, up to 6 × 5 cm, ovate or orbicular, cordate at the base with 8–9 deeply impressed veins, dark olive-green with a reddish tinge above, deep purple beneath. Inflorescence to 15 cm long, 4–8-flowered; peduncle 8–12 cm long, reddish-green with 2–3 narrow, acuminate, reddish bracts c. 5 mm long. Flowers dull reddish, green towards the centre. Pedicel and ovary 5–8 mm long, winged; bracts 4–5 mm long, narrowly triangular, acuminate, purple. Dorsal sepal erect, 6–10 × 1–1.5 mm, linear, fleshy; lateral sepals 6–7 × 3–4 mm, obovate, falcate, joined at first but later separating, projecting forwards, the tips curled down, lying below the lip. Petals 6–11 mm long, less than 1 mm wide, linear, fleshy, deflexed or spreading. Lip 8 × 4–5 mm, geniculate, constricted after a broadly auriculate base then heart-shaped, concave with a fleshy disk in the centre; slightly emarginate at the apex. Column 4–6 mm long, geniculate, winged towards the apex.
Brachystegia woodland, often on stony hill sides 1100–1650 m.
As given for the genus.
Gabon to Tanzania and S. Trop. Africa
Flora Zambesiaca. Vol 11, Part 1, (1995) Author: I. la Croix and P.J. Cribb; Botanische Jahrbucher fur Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie. [v.53 (1915)]: Page 560; THE ORCHIDS OF MALAŴI Brian Morris, The Society of Malawi Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2 (1982), pp. 7-23; La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam
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