Liparis kempfii

Liparis kempfii Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 16 (1919) 110

Type: Kempf s.n. (Kaiser Wilhelmsland, border between German- and Engl. N. Guinea) (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic or terrestrial, 20-25 cm high. Rhizome very short; roots filiform, flexuose, densely finely pilose. Stems closely spaced, cylindrical, c. 1 cm high, apparently usually 3-leaved. Leaves erect-patent or suberect, linear, acute, very slightly narrowed towards the base, 14-22 cm long, near the middle 0.6-0.8 cm wide. Inflorescence erect, laxly c. 3-flowered; peduncle 6-7 cm long, somewhat compressed; rachis including the flowers c. 5 cm long. Floral bracts erect-patent, lanceolate, acuminate, much shorter than the pedicellate ovary. Flowers glabrous, erect-patent. Sepals reflexed, lanceolate, acute, 1.2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals reflexed, narrowly linear, obtuse, nearly as long as the sepals. Lip curved, at the base shortly contracted, ovate, 1 by 0.6 cm, obtusely apiculate, with subcrenulate margins, at the base with a short, oblong, in front emarginate callus. Column slightly curved, 0.6 cm long, glabrous, lateral margins slightly winged, without stelidia. Ovary slender pedicellate, glabrous, 2.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1919)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Not recorded.

Flowering time in the wild: Not recorded.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Waria River area, exact locality not recorded.

Cultivation: Requirements unknown.