Liparis caillei Finet, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 56: 97 (1909).
Pseudobulbs 1.3-2 cm long, 0.6-0.7 cm in diameter, ovoid to conical, flattened, with 2-3 sheathing leaves in the lower part and 2-4 larger leaves above, leaves distichously arranged. Leaves subsessile, 1.8-3.6 cm long, 0.9-1.3 cm wide, oblong-lanceolate to obovate, acute to shortly apiculate, margins crisped, thin-textured, delicate. Inflorescence terminal, 8-25 cm long, dependent, with 1-3 sterile flowers at the base and 6-15 flowers above, 8-15 mm apart, peduncle narrowly 4-winged at the base, becoming 3-winged and wider (5-6 mm) towards the apex, glabrous. Flowers small, nonresupinate, pale orange to brownish yellow, with green nerves on the lip. Floral bracts 3-4 mm long, linear, acuminate, membranous. Pedicel and ovary 0.8-3 mm long, straight, slender, glabrous. Dorsal sepal 5.5-10 mm long, 1.1-1.5 mm wide, oblong-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, margins revolute, thin, delicate, glabrous. Petals 8-14 mm long, 0.75 mm wide at the base, 0.25-0.5 mm wide in the middle, linear to filiform, obtuse, thin, delicate, glabrous, margins revolute. Lateral sepals 3.5-5 mm long, 1.5-2.25 mm wide, semi-elliptic to reniform, acute to uncinate, thin, delicate, glabrous, margins flat. Lip 3.5-5 mm long, 2.6-3.6 mm wide, broadly obcordate-obovate to nearly pandurate, rather thin, delicate, glabrous, distinctly 2-lobed at the apex, often with small apiculus between lobes, narrowing towards the basal, rudimentary auricles. Callus 3-lobed, obscure. Gynostemium 3-5 mm long, slender, slightly arcuate at the apex.
Epiphyte in forests with Uapaca togoensis Pax, humid forests, swampy forests, often overhanging rivers.
Flowering in September.

W. Trop. Africa to Uganda
Flora of West Tropical Africa, Vol 3, Part 1
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Habitat/In situ
Liparis caillei 01
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Farminhão/ Missouri
Botanical Garden.
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