Clumping Liparis
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Clumping Liparis
ative Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Clumping Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis caespitosa    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Clumping Liparis is a small sized, cool to hot growing epiphytic orchid found in Africa, Himalayas and SE Asia. It is usually found growing on trunks and lower branches of evergreen lowland forests at elevations of 400-1900 m with clumping, smooth, green pseudobulbs. Each pseudobulb carries a single, apical, invert-lanceshaped stiff-textured, smooth, glossy green leaf that is basally jointed. The plant blooms in spring and summer, with an erect, densely many flowered, up to 22 cm long raceme with several, inverted flowers that open in succession over a long period. Flowers are green or greenish white, very small. Flower stalk and ovary are only 3-4 mm. Dorsal sepal is suboblong, 1.5-1.8 × 0.7 mm, with a blunt tip. Lateral sepals are ovate-oblong, slightly oblique, 1.3-1.5 × 0.9-1 mm. Petals are narrowly linear, 1.5-1.8 × 0.3 mm, apex obtuse. Lip is nearly broadly oblong, 1.8 × 1.2 mm, base with a pair of backward spreading ears.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
Photographed in Gori Valley, Uttarakhand.
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