Liparis geelvinkensis

Liparis geelvinkensis J.J.Sm., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 12 (1913) 395

Type: Janowsky 100 (holo BO; iso L)

Rhizome creeping, covered with tubular, acuminate, keeled sheaths. Pseudobulbs 2-3.5 cm apart, very small, compressed, obliquely ovate, 0.55 by 0.7 cm, 1-leaved, at the base initially covered with a few conduplicate, acuminate, keeled sheaths that become larger upwards, up to 4.25-5 cm long. Leaf erect, linear, acute, long subulate-acuminate, at the base conduplicate, above on either side convex, mid-rib grooved above, keeled below, papyraceous, 23-29 by 0.98 cm; sheath in upper part conduplicate, largely petiole-shaped, laterally compressed and grooved in front, in cross-section elliptic, 2.25-3.6 cm long. Inflorescence in the apical part densely many-flowered, producing flowers for a long time; peduncle ancipitous, 21-29 cm long, 0.17 cm wide; rachis making an obtuse angle with the peduncle, laterally compressed, to 5.5 cm long, across the bracts 1.6 cm wide, internodes 0.15 cm long. Floral bracts distichous, patent, conduplicate-ovate, acuminate, acute, keeled, 0.9-1.3 cm long. Flowers opening singly in succession, small, 0.8 cm diam. Sepals and petals widely patent. Median sepal oblong, obtusely apiculate, convex, 3-nerved, mid-rib dorsally slightly prominent, 0.62 by 0.23 cm. Lateral sepals obliquely subovate-oblong, obtuse, shortly thickly apiculate, concave, keeled, 3-nerved, 0.57 by 0.3 cm. Petals obliquely sublinear, slightly dilated towards the apex, obtuse, slightly convex, 1-nerved, 0.55 by 0.1 cm. Lip erect, at c. 1/3 above the base sharply recurved at almost right angles, at the base on either side rounded and concave, on either side at the bend with a strong erect, convex fold with upwards curved outer margins which in front is distinctly separated from the blade by an obtuse angle, in total when not flattened 0.4 cm long, across the folds 0.33 cm wide, in the apical part 0.28 cm wide, at the base between the folds with an erect, rather large, transverse, slightly 3-lobulate callus that is provided with a pit at both ends and that is lower than the folds, in front of this with two much smaller calli; blade narrower than the basal part of the lip, subquadrangular, convex, above papillose and with a longitudinal groove, at the apex recurved, broadly rounded and contracted into a short obtuse lobule. Column slightly curved, 0.3 cm long, at the base 0.23 cm wide, dorsally compressed, carnose, at the base broad, truncate, in outline triangular, contracted in the apical part, obtuse, in front with two keels that diverge towards the base, on either side of the stigma with a triangular, erect lamella; clinandrium concave, transversely elliptic, at the apex truncate; stigma transversely quadrangular. Anther slightly cucullate, angular-suborbicular, almost 0.1 cm wide. Pollinia 4, united into two obliquely subobovoid bodies, in lateral view triangular-pear-shaped. Ovary pedicellate, , 6-grooved, 1.15 cm long. (After Smith, 1915)

Colours: Flowers reported to be red with a white lip.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 416-183M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.