~Liparis alpina P.Royen 1979 - See Liparis insectifera Ridl. 1916 SUBGENUS Menoneuron SECTION Platychilus

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol IV

Deep Shade Cold LATER Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Alpine Liparis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea on wet open slopes, mossy rock faces, and subalpine grasslands at elevations of 2300 to 3575 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with psuedobulbs enveloped completely by a few glabrous, leaf like sheaths and carrying a single, apical, patent, coriaceous, glabrous, narrowly elliptic, falcate-plicate, acute leaf that blooms in the later fall and early winter on a terminal, 3.6" to 5" [9 to 12.5 cm] long, 6 to 9 flowered, racemose, glabrous inflorescence enveloped basally by 3 to 4, broadly ovate, acute, conduplicate scales and has ovate, caudate-acuminate, auricled basally, 1-nerved, slightly warty floral bracts and carry mostly non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Cestichis alpina (P.Royen) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea Van Royen 1979 drawing ok; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol IV Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006