Liparis leptopus

Liparis leptopus Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 196

Type: Schlechter 19629 (holo B, lost; iso BO, L, MO, NSW, S)

Terrestrial, erect, slender, 30-45 cm high. Rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Pseudobulbs slender, very closely spaced, cylindrical, stem-like, 1-leaved, veined, 7-13 cm long, 0.2-0.3 cm diam. Leaf erect or suberect, linear-lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowed from the middle towards the base, glabrous, veined, 20-38 cm long, near the middle 1-2 cm wide. Inflorescence slender, erect, laxly 10-20-flowered, usually shorter than, sometimes about as long as the leaf; peduncle somewhat terete, very slender, glabrous, up to 13 cm long, usually without peduncle-scales. Floral bracts erect-patent, lanceolate, acuminate, half as long as the ovary or less. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals oblong, obtuse, glabrous, recurved, almost 0.5 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals recurved, narrow linear, obtuse, glabrous, almost as long as the sepals. Lip geniculate, glabrous, as long as the sepals, in basal half c. 0.35 cm wide, at the apex 0.25 cm wide, at the base shortly and broadly clawed and subquadrate, in apical half a little narrower, apical margins truncate and obtuse as well as irregularly few-dentate, with a minute, obtuse apiculum in the middle, basal callus large, suborbicular, in front with a minute pit. Column slightly curved, semiterete, with short semiquadrate auricles, dilated at the base, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. Anther broadly ovate, obtuse, glabrous. Ovary and pedicel glabrous, slender, c. 0.7 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers yellow-green.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lower montane forest; 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 416-260M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.