AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Liparis epiphytica Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 38: 6 (1905).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Liparis lloydii Rolfe, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1906: 31 (1906).
Description:
A small rain forest epiphyte, 9-11 cm high. Leaves: Oblong-emarginate, 20-1 10 mm long, 4-15 mm wide, thickened, stalks 10 mm long. Bracts: Lanceolate-acute, 7-8 mm long, 3-4 mm wide. Dorsal sepal: Narrowly lanceolate-obtuse, 5-7 mm long,2 mm wide at base, margins recurved, pale green. Lateral sepals: Ovate-obtuse, 5 mm long, 3 mm wide, pale green. Petals: Narrowly linear, 5-7 mm long, 0.3 mm wide, pale green. Lip: Elliptical-obcordate, 3-5 mm long, 3-4 mm wide, curled back- and downward. Two distinct, toothlike processes at base. Pale green. Column: Slender, bent downward at apex, 4 mm long, 1.3 mm wide, pale green.
Habitat:
In large forest trees at elevations of 1000 to 2500 meters.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
W. Trop. Africa to Uganda
References:
CONTRIBUTION À L'ÉTUDE DES ORCHIDACEAE DU BURUNDI (PREMIÈRE PARTIE) M. ARBONNIER, Belgian Journal of Botany, Vol. 126, Fasc. 2 (1993), pp. 253-261; New Liparis Species (Orchidaceae) from South Central and East Africa Graham Williamson, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Vol. 142, No. 3/4 (1983), pp. 149-156; Quatre nouveaux taxons d'Orchidaceae des genres Liparis, Bulbophyllum, Polystachya et Calanthe découverts à São Tomé et Principe T. Stévart, Systematics and Geography of Plants, Vol. 70, No. 1 (2000), pp. 141-148
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In culture
liparis epiphytica
Photograph Karl Senghas©
Swiss Orchid Foundation at
the Herbarium Jany Renz
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permission.