Liparis pedicellaris

Liparis pedicellaris Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 191

Type: Schlechter 19913 (holo B, lost)

Terrestrial, erect, 40-55 cm high. Rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Pseudobulbs slender, stalk-like, cylindrical, veined, 8-10 cm long, c. 0.4 cm diam., 1-leaved. Leaves erect-patent or suberect, linear-lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowed towards the base, 30-50 cm long, near the middle 2-3 cm wide. Inflorescence slender, pedunculate, laxly 10-20-flowered, erect, shorter than the leaves; peduncle glabrous, angular, usually without peduncle-scales, 10-13 cm long. Floral bracts erect-patent, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, much shorter than the pedicellate, ovary. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals strongly reflexed, lanceolate-ligulate, apiculate, glabrous, c. 1.3 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals strongly reflexed, obliquely linear, acute, glabrous, as long as the sepals. Lip curved, glabrous, above the narrow base suborbicular, as long as the sepals, near the middle of the blade c. 1.2 cm wide, apiculate, with minutely and densely serrulate margins, inside at the base with a minute median callus. Column slightly curved, with winged margins, at the base dilated, 0.5 cm long, glabrous. Anther ovate, in front prolonged, oblong, obtuse, glabrous. Ovary and pedicel very slender, glabrous, c. 3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers olive green, lip brown, anther grass-green.

Habitat: Terrestrial in hill forest; 450 to 760 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, March, June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 416-359M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.