AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Liparis capensis Lindl., Ann. Nat. Hist. 4: 314 (1840).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Sturmia capensis (Lindl.) Sond., Linnaea 19: 71 (1846).
Leptorkis capensis (Lindl.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 671 (1891).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Liparis pappei Lindl. ex Harv., Thes. Cap. 2: 7 (1863).
Description:
Pseudobulbs ovoid, 3/4–1 in. long, usually 2-leaved; leaves spreading, ovate, subacute, rather thick and coriaceous, with depressed veins, shining above, 3/4–2 1/2 in. long, 1/2–1 1/2 in. broad; scapes 2–6 in. high; raceme dense, many-flowered; bracts lanceolate, acuminate, 1/4– 1/3 in. long; pedicels slightly longer than the bracts; dorsal sepal linear-oblong, obtuse, 1/6– 1/4 in. long, with revolute margins; lateral sepals ovate-oblong, subfalcate, subobtuse, 1/8– 1/6 in. long; petals linear, obtuse, about as long as the dorsal sepal, with revolute margins; lip recurved, elliptic-oblong, truncate or obscurely bilobed at the apex, 1/8– 1/6 in. long; sides inflexed towards the apex; column clavate, incurved, 1/10– 1/12 in. long.
Habitat:
In sandy soils, and in forests among rocks lower elevations.
Distribution:
SW. & S. Cape Prov.
References:
Flora of Tropical Africa, Vol 7, page 12, (1898) Author: (By R. A. Rolfe.); Flora Capensis, Vol 5, Part 3, page 3, (1913) Author: (By R. A. ROLFE.)
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Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
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Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
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Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
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permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
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permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.
Photograph© Hermanus
Botanical Society, Fernkloof.
Image used with kind
permission.