Liparis chlorantha

Liparis chlorantha Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 201

Type: Schlechter 17147 (holo B, lost; iso BO, E, L 2x, MO, NSW, S)

Terrestrial, erect, 30-40 cm high. Rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Pseudobulbs short, ancipitous, oblong, slightly swollen towards the base, 1-leaved, veined, 2.5-3.5 cm long, below the middle 0.6-0.8 cm wide. Leaf erect, oblanceolate-elliptical, acute or acuminate, glabrous on both sides, towards the base gradually subpetiolate-narrowed, 20-30 cm long, above the middle 3.3-5 cm wide, rachis erect, often slightly curved, usually shorter than the leaf, laxly 8-15-flowered; peduncle slender, somewhat terete, glabrous, usually without peduncle-scales, 7-10 cm long. Floral bracts erect-patent, lanceolate, acuminate, hardly more than half as long as the ovary. Flowers often not resupinate, erect-patent, glabrous. Sepals recurved or patent, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, c. 1.1 cm long. Later sepals somewhat oblique. Petals recurved, narrowly subfalcate-linear, acute, as long as the sepals. Lip at the base slightly contracted, suborbicular, 1.1 cm long, above the middle 1.1 cm wide, glabrous, inside at the base with a small bilobulate callus, margins especially towards the apex irregular, at the apex slightly retuse with a minute apiculum. Column curved, glabrous, somewhat dilated towards the apex, almost auriculate, at the base distinctly laterally dilated, c. 0.45 cm long. Anther oblong, glabrous, in front prolonged, broadly obtuse. Ovary slender, glabrous, including the pedicel c. 1.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers light green.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lower montane forest in dense shade; 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea), Solomon Islands.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 416-90M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.