Liparis maboroensis

Liparis maboroensis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 186

Type: Schlechter 19891 (holo B, lost)

erect, c. 20 cm high. Rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Stem cylindrical, somewhat fleshy, at the base covered with sheaths, c. 3-leaved near the apex, up to 8 cm long, c. 0.6 cm diam. Leaves erect-patent, petiolate; blade obliquely elliptic, acuminate, glabrous, usually more or less plicate, 8-11 cm long, near the middle 3.5-4.5 cm wide; petiole dilated at the base, sheathing, up to 5 cm long. Inflorescence almost straight, angular, glabrous, raceme rather densely 15-20-flowered, up to 7 cm long. Floral bracts minute, deltoid, acute. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals narrowly oblong, obtuse, glabrous. Median sepal 0.8 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, a little shorter. Petals obliquely linear, subobtuse, as long as the median sepal. Lip 0.8 cm long, at the apex c. 0.5 cm wide, oblong in the basal part, slightly dilated near the apex, at the base with two very small, median calli resembling auricles, lip apex retuse, with coarsely dentate-subpectinate front margin, except in the middle. Column slightly curved, semiterete, glabrous, only slightly widened at apex and base, 0.4 cm long. Anther broadly cordate, dorsally with a hump, glabrous. Ovary 6-ribbed, including the pedicel c. 0.9 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers light 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: 416-277M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.