Liparis molendinacea G.Will., Pl. Syst. Evol. 142: 149 (1983).
Terrestrial herb c. 25 cm tall; pseudobulbs pyriform, c. 8 cm high, 1.5 cm in diameter at the base. Leaves c. 4, up to 8 × 3 cm, ovate or elliptic, plicate, the margins undulate, the apex somewhat recurved. Peduncle with several ovate, acuminate bracts c. 10 × 5 mm long. Inflorescence laxly c. 12-flowered.Flowers semi-erect, green, the lip with a shiny yellow callus. Ovary and pedicel to 2 cm long; bracts leafy. Dorsal sepal c. 10 × 1.2 mm, linear, curved, obtuse; lateral sepals porrect, c. 10 × 4 mm, obliquely ovate, acute. Petals porrect, c. 12 × 1 mm, linear, obtuse. Lip 4-lobed, 10–12 × 4–6 mm, rectangular or oblong, constricted in the middle; hypochile porrect with a 2-lobed basal callus 0.8 mm high and a yellow longitudinal crest; side lobes erect, c. 6 × 6 mm, oblong, rounded; epichile bent down at right angles, somewhat 2-lobed at the apex with a central apiculus, the margins dentate. Column curved, 6 mm long. Capsule ellipsoid, 6-winged with triangular extensions at the apex.
Swamp forest, in humus on forest floor c. 1300 m.
As given for the genus.
N. Zambia
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
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