AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Liparis henrici Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 33: 139 (1924).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Liparis latilabris Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 33: 142 (1924), nom. illeg.
Liparis verecunda Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 33: 150 (1924).
Description:
Plants 11-23 cm. tall; pseudobulbs 2-4 cm. tall, all upright, the newest with 2-3 elliptical or oval-elliptical leaves (2.5-9 x 1.5-4,5 cm.), apiculate or shortly acuminate, more or less attenuate-petiolate basally. Inflorescence equaling or slightly longer than the leaves; cluster 2-6 cm tall, 3-10 flowered; flowers yellowish; bract herbaccous, the inferiors equal to the pedicel. Sepals 3-5 veined, the median lanceolate (8 x2 mm.) and cordate-auriculate basally, the laterals semi-oval and slightly shorter (6-7 x 2.5-3 mm.). Petals linear. Labellum (5-6 x 4-5 mm.) widely oval or suborbicular, much wider medially, basal auricles very long (1 mm.) and obtuse, front margins rounded and more or less crenulate; callus very obsolete, sometimes absent, veined basally; veins 7, the 3 medians simple, the others branching. Column 3.5-4 mm. tall. Anther with a deltoid-acute rostrum. Pedicel 6-7 mm. long.
Habitat:
On shady rocks, from 1200-1800m. alt.
Phenology:
Flowering in January-March.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus, warm to cool growing lithophyte or terrestrial.
Distribution:
C. & SE. Madagascar.Endemic.
References:
Flora of Madagascar: vascular plants: 49th family, Orchids / by H. Perrier de La Bathie; published under the auspices of the government of Madagascar and under the direction of H. Humbert; English revision and translation by Steven D. Beckman; Orchids of Madagascar Du Puy, Hermans, Bosser & Cribb 2007; A Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Hermans and Cribb 2009
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