Tapering-Leaf Liparis
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Tapering-Leaf Liparis
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Tapering-Leaf Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis acuminata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Leptorkis acuminata

Tapering-Leaf Liparis is a terrestrial orchid with stem 7.5-12.5 cm, many-sheathed to the base which is not swollen. Leaves are 5-6 stalkless, erect, broadly sheathing, elliptic-lanceshaped, finely tapering, bracts minute ovate. Flowers are large, sepals spreading, lateral oblong-lanceshaped, curved, pointed, 5-nerved; dorsal linear, lip slightly recurved transversely oblong almost rounded-toothed, contracted into a short 2-tubercled neck, column slender incurved flat, wings -very small. Leaves are very membranous, slightly recurved ; nerves very slender. Flowering stem is 10-15 cm; bracts 2-3 mm ovate; flower-stalks 1.2-1.8 cm; buds 1.2 cm, sickle shaped; lip with erect sides, slightly recurved. Tapering-Leaf Liparis is found in NE India to Indo-China.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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