Liparis loliacea

Liparis loliacea Ridl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 9 (1916) 164

Type: Kloss s.n. (Camp 6a, 3100 ft.) (holo BM)

Pseudobulbs conical-cylindrical, 1.5 cm long. Leaf grass-like, linear, acuminate, acute, 50 by 0.7 cm. Inflorescence ancipitous, slender, 30 cm long; rachis 5-9 cm long, 0.5 cm wide. Floral bracts lanceolate, subobtuse, not overlapping. Sepals deflexed, elliptic, 0.5 by 0.2 cm, keeled, finely mucronate. Petals almost spathulate, 0.4 cm long, obtuse. Lip carnose, 0.5 cm long; claw short, broad, blade hastate, the two basal lobes erect, narrowed towards the apex, at the obtuse apex pustulate, pubescent; callus between basal lobes thick, indistinctly lobed. Column short, broad, lateral wings rounded, broad, abruptly narrowed just above the stigma. Anther flat, rounded, with a semi-ovate, rounded beak. Pedicel with ovary 1 cm long. (After Ridley, 1916)

Colours: Flowers apparently red.

Habitat: Probably epiphyte in hill forest; 759 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not recorded.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 416-269M.JPG.

Cultivation: Probably warm growing epiphyte.