Bearded Liparis
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Bearded Liparis
P Native Orchid elliptic Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Bearded Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis barbata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Liparis fimbriata, Liparis maboroensis, Leptorchis barbata

Bearded Liparis is a terrestrial orchid with stem nearly round, 2-3 cm, thick, fleshy, with many nodes, enclosed by white membranous sheaths, not jointed. Leaves are often 2; leaf-stalk sheathlike, about 3 cm, not articulate; blade almost elliptic, about 6.5 × 2.8 cm, membranous or herbaceous, base contracted into leaf-stalk, tip pointed or blunt. Inflorescence about 10 cm, usually not exceeding leaves; axis laxly several flowered; floral bracts broadly ovate-triangular, about 1 mm. Flowers are greenish white, often with 2 red stripes on lip; flower-stalk and ovary 6-7 mm. Dorsal sepal broadly linear, about 7 × 1.3 mm, inconspicuously 3-veined, tip blunt; lateral sepals suboblong, about 6.5 × 1.8 mm, inconspicuously 3-veined, tip tapering. Petals are narrowly linear, about 7 × 0.5 mm; lip oblong, about 5 × 3.5 mm, shortly fringed, with 2 calli near base, slightly widened toward tip, subflat and notched. Column slightly arcuate, about 3.5 mm. Bearded Liparis is found in eastern Himalayas, South India, Sri Lanka and SE Asia. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Mudigere, Karnataka.

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