Elliptic Liparis
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Elliptic Liparis
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Elliptic Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis elliptica    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cestichis lyonii, Liparis hookerae

Elliptic Liparis is a small sized, warm to cool growing orchid growing on trees. Pseudobulbs are densely arranged, oblong or ellipsoid, compressed, 1-3 cm x 6-15 mm. Leaves are 2, narrowly elliptic or narrowly oblong, 4-12 x 1.2-2.8 cm, papery, base contracted into a short leaf-stalk, articulate, tip pointed to shortly tapering. Inflorescence arching or drooping, 7-17 cm; flower-cluster-stalk somewhat compressed, sometimes with a few sterile bracts; axis 4-8 cm, several to many flowered; floral bracts lanceshaped, 1.5-3 mm, membranous. Flowers are pale yellowish green; flower-stalk and ovary about 4.5 mm. Sepals are oblong-lanceshaped, 4-5 x 1.5-1.8 mm, tip blunt. Petals narrowly linear or nearly thread-like, 3.5-4.5 x about 0.5 mm; lip round or nearly ovate-round, 4-5 mm, ecallose, margin ± crisped especially toward tip, appearing 3-lobed due to eared-folded margins at or above middle, tip long tapering or shortly caudate. Column 1.5-2 mm, wingless. Capsules are narrowly obovoid, 5-6 × 2-2.5 mm. Elliptic Liparis is found in Eastern Himalayas and SE Asia, at altitudes of 200-1600 m, and also in Western Ghats. Flowering: November-February.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar, Hussain Barbhuiya Photographed in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu & Kaziranga Orchid & Biodiversity Park, Assam.

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