Bhutan Liparis
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Bhutan Liparis
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Bhutan Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis bootanensis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Leptorkis bootanensis, Stichorkis bootanensis

Bhutan Liparis is a miniature sized, terrestrial, rock-dwelling or tree-dwelling orchid with clumping 2.5 cm pseudobulbs each with a pair of bright green veined 20 cm long leaves, with flowering spikes 35 cm long, carrying up to 20 small flowers which open during a couple of months. The 1.8 cm flowers are apple-green with a dark-green stripe down the middle of the square lip, free flowering. Flowers are often yellowish green, sometimes slightly tinged with brown, rarely nearly white; flower-stalk and ovary 4-15 mm. Dorsal sepal is ovate-lanceshaped to oblong-lanceshaped, 5.2-8 x 1.3-2.3 mm, tip pointed to blunt; lateral sepals obliquely oblong-lanceshaped to elliptic, 5-7 x 1.5-2 mm, tip blunt. Petals are narrowly linear, 5.2-8 x 0.4-1 mm. Lip is broadly oblong-obovate, 5-6.5 x 4-5.5 mm, apical margin entire to slightly irregular, tip notched to almost flat-rounded, broadly apiculate. Bhutan Liparis is found from Central Himalaya to China, S. Japan and Malesia, at altitudes of 400-2300 m. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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