Liparis atropurpurea Lindl. 1830 Photo by Suranjan Fernando and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Inflorescence Photo by The Enchanting Kerala Website

Drawing Drawing by Pradhan

Common Name The Dark Purple Liparis

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Kerala and Tamil Nadu southern India and Sri Lanka on rocky cliffs at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a stout stem carrying 3 to 4, ovate to orbicular, acute, shortly acuminate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, 4.4 to 8.8" [11 to 22 cm] long overall, rachis 2.2 to 4.4" [5.5 to 11 cm] long, successively 10 to 12 flowered inflorescence witha few sterile bracts with longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Leptorkis lindleyana Kuntze 1891; Liparis olivacea Wight 1844; Liparis walkeriae Wight 1844; Platystylis atropurpurea (Lindl.) Lindl. 1830

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 #8 1978; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007