AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Liparis suborbicularis Summerh., Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1934: 210 (1934).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Liparis pentagonalis Szlach., Orchidee (Hamburg), Suppl. 3: 40 (1996).
Liparis epiphytica subsp. pentagonalis (Szlach.) Marg., Richardiana 9: 93 (2009).
Description:
Herba epiphytica; pseudobulbi approximati, parvi, 1-2 cm. longi, vaginis membranaceis obtecti, radicibus flexuosis glabris instructi, superne 3-5-foliati. Folia elliptico-lanceolata, acuta, leviter curvata, basi vaginantia, petiolo indistincto minus 1 cm. longo; lamina 2-11 cm. longa, 5-18 mm. lata, subchartacea, folia inferiora valde minora. Inflorescentia erecta, gracilis, 12-14 cm. longa, pedunculo 6-7-5 cm. longo, racemo laxe circiter 15-floro; bracteae lanceolatae, acuminatae, 3-6 mm. longae, ovario pedicellate breviores. Flores patentes. Sepalum intermedium linearioblongum, obtusum, 7 mm. longum, 1-25 mm. latum; sepala lateralia semiorbicularia, apice acuta, basi angustata, 4-5 mm. longa, 2-5 mm. lata. Petala linearia, obtusa, 7 mm. longa, 0-8 mm. lata. Labellum suborbiculare, apice trilobum, lobis lateralibus majoribus rotundatis, intermedio ad apiculo redacto, basi in auriculas parvas quadratas decurrens, totum labellum 4-5 mm. longum, 4 mm. latum, ante columnam callis duobus longe dentiformibus acutis instructum. Columna incurvata, medio utrinque ala late deltoidea instructa, 5 mm. longa.
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Habitat:
Secondary forest, rocky river banks of Mana River & oil palms.
Distribution:
S. Nigeria to Cameroon
References:
Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1934
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