Heart-Leaf Liparis
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Heart-Leaf Liparis
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Heart-Leaf Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis cordifolia    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Leptorkis cordifolia, Leptorkis commutata, Liparis keitaoensis

Heart-Leaf Liparis is a small sized, terrestrial or rock-dwelling orchid with ovoid, compressed, clustered pseudobulbs carrying a single apical, broadly ovate, heart-shaped, distinctly veined, tapering leaf. The plant blooms in the summer and fall on a subdensely 6 to 20 flowered, 15 cm long, raceme with triangular, pointed floral bracts. Flowers are green or pale green, often densely arranged; flower-stalk and ovary 6-10 mm. Sepals are linear-lanceshaped or almost linear, 6-7 x about 1.8 mm, 3-veined, midvein rather prominent, margin curled, tip blunt or pointed. Petals are thread-like or narrowly linear, 6-7 x about 0.5 mm, 1-veined. Lip is obovate-triangular, 6-7 x about 6 mm, narrowed toward base, with a hollow near base and above hollow a pair of inprominent calli, midvein thickened and raised, margin wavy and apically erose-finely toothed, tip flat and with a short sharp point. Heart-Leaf Liparis is found in the Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Vietnam, at altitudes of 1000-2000 m. Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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