Liparis brachystele

Liparis brachystele Ridl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 9 (1916) 162

Type: Kloss s.n. (Camp 3, 2500 ft.) (holo BM)

Stem sharply flattened, ribbed, 9 cm long, 1-leaved. Leaf not articulated, long sheathing at the base, glabrous, grass-like, lanceolate, long acuminate, narrowed towards the base, 33 by 2 cm. Peduncle scales at base of inflorescence concealed by the leaf sheath, thin, papyraceous, lanceolate, acuminate, 3 cm. Inflorescence 19 cm long, rachis a little flattened, laxly c. 10-flowered. Floral bracts lanceolate, linear, long acuminate, 1.5 cm long. Sepals almost equal, linear, obtuse, 1.4 by 0.1 cm. Petals narrower, linear. Lip orbicular, entire, claw very short; blade 1.3 cm long and wide; callus minute, oblong, truncate. Column short and thick, almost straight, 0.2 cm long, 0.1 cm diam., together with the clinandrium broadly and thinly winged, the wings translucent. Pedicel with ovary 3 cm long. (After Ridley, 1916)

Colours: Flowers pale brownish, the lip with a greenish central stripe.

Habitat: Not recorded; 759 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not recorded.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 416-70M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing.