Liparis insectifera

Liparis insectifera Ridl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 9 (1916) 163

Type: Kloss s.n. (Camp 11 to 13, 8300 to 10500 ft.) (holo BM)

Epiphytic. Rhizome 0.3 cm thick. Pseudobulbs cylindrical, 1.5 cm long, at the base covered with two ovate, acute, papyraceous, veined cataphylls, 2-leaved. Leaves coriaceous, elliptic, acute, 4 by 1.5 cm, with 6 raised nerves [only when dried?]; sheath 1 cm long, with several raised nerves. Inflorescence 13 cm long, in the base half rather thick, glabrous, carrying flowers in the upper half; rachis straight, to 14-flowered. Floral bracts lanceolate, acute, 0.4 by 0.1 cm. Flowers erect. Sepals linear, obtuse, 0.9 by 0.1 cm. Median sepal erect. Lateral sepals. Petals linear, narrower and shorter than the sepals, 0.7 cm long. Lip oblong, entire, narrowed towards the base, rounded at the apex, indistinctly undulate, shortly obtusely apiculate, 0.6 by 0.3 cm, callus bilobed, carnose, with short, oblong, rounded lobes. Column erect, curved, dilated at the apex, narrowly winged. Ovary and pedicel 2 cm long, erect. (After Ridley, 1916)

Colours: Leaves dark green. Flowers apparently yellow with a green lip.

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest; 759 to 3187 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not recorded.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 416-221M.JPG.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.