Liparis inamoena

Liparis inamoena Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 216

Type: Schlechter 18784 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, erect, c. 25 cm high. Rhizome short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Pseudobulbs closely spaced, slender, stem-like, laterally compressed, hardly swollen towards the base, 2-3 cm long, above the base 0.3-0.4 cm diam., 1-leaved. Leaf erect or suberect, linear, acute, slightly narrowed towards the base, glabrous, 15-22 cm long, in the middle almost 0.5-0.7 cm wide. Inflorescence erect, slender, ancipitous, without peduncle-scales, glabrous, somewhat shorter than the leaf. Flowers erect-patent, glabrous. Sepals reflexed, ovate-oblong, apiculate, almost 0.35 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals erect, narrowly oblong-spathulate, oblique, obtusely apiculate, somewhat shorter than the sepals. Lip at the base suborbicular, geniculate-decurved, as long as the petals, above the base hardly more than 0.15 cm wide, apical half oblong, apiculate, glabrous, lip at the base with a large subquadrate, obtusely apiculate callus, in front of this with two closely spaced calli. Column short, trapezoid, hardly more than half as long as the petals, at the base very broad. Ovary and pedicel glabrous, c. 0.7 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers olive-green, lip brownish yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 1600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: November.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 416-216M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.