AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Liparis chimanimaniensis G.Will., Pl. Syst. Evol. 142: 153 (1983).
Description:
Dwarf terrestrial herb, usually less than 5 cm tall; pseudobulbs 7 mm long, ellipsoid. Leaves 2, sometimes 1, c. 3.5 × 1 cm, narrowly elliptical or lanceolate, erect. Peduncle without bracts; inflorescence laxly c. 4-flowered.Flowers semi-erect, green, the lip brown with a yellow margin. Ovary and pedicel slender, 5 mm long. Dorsal sepal 4–5 × 0.5–1 mm, linear, curved; lateral sepals spreading, 4–5 × 0.8–1.5 mm, obliquely lanceolate, subacute. Petals 5–6 × 0.3–0.7 mm, narrowly linear, reflexed. Lip 3–4 × 1.5–2 mm, stiff, porrect, with 2 prominent veins running the length of the upper surface, and with 2 calli 0.5 mm high at the base; margin of epichile minutely serrate. Column curved, 2–3 mm long.
Habitat:
Well drained rocky slopes in montane zone c. 7000 ft.
Cultivation:
As given for the genus.
Distribution:
Zimbabwe (Chimanimani Mts.)
References:
Flora Zambesiaca, Vol 11, Part 1, (1995) Author: I. la Croix and P.J. Cribb; 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; ENDEMIC PLANT SPECIES OF ZIMBABWE ANTHONY MAPAURA, Kirkia, Vol. 18, No. 1 (2002), pp. 117-149
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