Sparse-Flower Liparis
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Sparse-Flower Liparis
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Sparse-Flower Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis distans    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Leptorkis distans, Stichorkis distans, Liparis macrantha

Sparse-Flower Liparis is a shady, tree-dwelling orchid on mossy branches or rock-dwelling on steep rocky river slopes on mossy limestone rocks or terrestrial in shallow soils with an elongate pseudobulb carrying a few leaves that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a 30 cm long, few flowered, raceme. Flowers are yellowish green or orange; flower-stalk and ovary 1.4-2.2 cm. Sepals are linear, 1-1.6 x about 0.2 cm, margin often curled, tip blunt; lateral sepals often slightly shorter than dorsal sepal. Petals are nearly thread-like, 12-16 x 0.3-0.5 mm, tip blunt. Lip is obovate to semicircular, 1-1.4 x 1-1.1 cm, base narrowed into very short claw and with a frontally grooved callus, margin somewhat irregularly finely toothed, tip rounded or blunt. Sparse-Flower Liparisis found in NE India, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, China, at altitudes of 1000-2400 m. Flowering: October-February.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Tale Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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