Slender-Leaf Liparis
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Slender-Leaf Liparis
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Slender-Leaf Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis mannii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Liparis tenuifolia, Stichorkis mannii, Leptorkis mannii

Slender-Leaf Liparis is a miniature to small sized orchid found on trees or on ground, with close set, narrowly ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs carrying a single, membraneous, linear-oblong, pointed leaf. It is named for Horace Mann Jr., 19th century American naturalist. Leaf is 7-15 × 6-12 cm, papery, base contracted into a short leaf-stalk. White flowers are borne in a 9-13 cm long cluster, 10- to many flowered. Floral bracts are narrowly lanceshaped, 1.5-2.5 mm; flower-stalk and ovary 1.5-2 mm. Sepals are nearly narrowly ovate-elliptic, 1.5-1.8 × about 0.7 mm. Petals are narrowly linear, 1.3-1.6 x about 0.2 mm; lip nearly ovate, about 1.8 x 1.5 mm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes subovate, blunt; mid-lobe suboblate or broadly rhombic-oblate, 0.6-0.8 × about 1 mm, apical margins irregularly finely toothed, tip somewhat pointed. Column is slightly arcuate, about 1.2 mm, base dilated and thick. Capsules are ellipsoid or broadly obovoid-ellipsoid, 2.5-3 x 1.8-2 mm; fruiting flower-stalk is 1.5-2 mm. Slender-Leaf Liparis is found in Eastern Himalayas, from NE India to Vietnam and S Yunnan, at altitudes of 700-1200 m. Flowering: October-November.

Identification credit: Hussain Barbhuiya Photographed in Kaziranga Orchid & Biodiversity Park, Assam.

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