Deep-Purple Liparis
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Deep-Purple Liparis
P Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Deep-Purple Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis wightiana    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Leptorchis wightiana, Liparis trimenii, Diteilis wightiana

Deep-Purple Liparis is a miniature sized, cool growing terrestrial orchid with close set, ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped partially by a few smaller sheaths and carrying 2, ovate laves, tapering, plicate, with finely wavy margins, gradually narrowing below into the stalked base. The plant blooms in the winter on a 10 cm long, 10-16 flowered inflorescence with narrowly triangular, pointed floral bracts. Flowers are yellowish with brown tinge, in about 4-8 cm long racemes; bracts 9 x 3.5 mm, lanceshaped, tapering; dorsal sepal lanceshaped, blunt, 3-veined; lateral sepals nearly sickle-shaped lanceshaped, pointed, 3-veined; petals are linear, blunt, 1-veined; lip 7 x 6 mm, oblong-round, eared at base, disc with 2 tubercled calli, margins hairy. Deep-Purple Liparis is found in South India and Sri Lanka

Identification credit: Ravee Bhat Photographed in Chikamagalur, Karntaka.

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