Yellow Liparis
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Yellow Liparis
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Yellow Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis luteola    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Leptorkis luteola, Stichorkis luteola

Yellow Liparis is a mini-miniature sized, tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid with somewhat close set, almost ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2, membraneous, articulate, linear to linear-inverted-lanceshaped, tapering, narrowing below into the stalked base leaf. The plant blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, somewhat compressed, narrowly winged, 6-16 cm long, several to 10 flowered inflorescence with narrowly lanceshaped floral bracts carrying whitish, green to yellowish green flowers. Flowers are whitish green or yellowish green; flower-stalk and ovary 9-14 mm. Sepals are lanceshaped-linear or linear, about 4 x 1 mm, midvein slightly raised below, tip blunt; lateral sepals to 1.5 mm wide. Petals are thread-like, about 4 x 0.3 mm. Lip is oblong-obovate, about 3.5 x 2.8 mm, with a thick longitudinal ridge near base, with a bilobed callus in front of ridge, tip notched and sinus apiculate. Yellow Liparis is found in Arunachal Pradesh to Indo-China, Hainan. Flowering: December-February.

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

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