AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Liparis hemipilioides Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 26: 341 (1899).
Description:
Terrestrial herb 15–20 cm tall; tubers 1.5–2 cm long, ovoid. Leaf 1, basal, ovate, cordate, glabrous, dark-green. Scape slender, 3–5-flowered, with many small lanceolate sheaths. Sepals and petals olive-green, lip violet. Dorsal sepal 7 mm long, linear, obtuse, margins revolute; lateral sepals 6 × 5 mm, broadly oblong, connate. Petals 7 mm long, erect to spreading. Lip almost panduriform, narrowing above a broad auriculate base with thickened margins, then expanding into a ±quadrangular-oblong very obtuse lobe, ± emarginate at the apex; lobe 5 × 3 mm, with a small, medial, low, 2-lobed rugulose callus. Column slender, 4 mm long, somewhat incurved towards the apex.
Habitat;
No data.
Notes:
This species appears to be very close to Liparis mulindana Schltr. If these taxa prove to be synonymous then Liparis hemipilioides Schltr. is the earlier name.
Distribution:
Mozambique
References:
La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 282.