Liparis balansae Gagnep. 1932 SUBGENUS Cestichis SECTION Platyglossum

Photo by Karol Olszowski and The Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower often cited as this species? Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name Balansa's Liparis [Uruguayan Plant Collector early 1900's] - In China Yuan Chun Yang Er Suan

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan provinces of China, Thailand and Vietnam in primary, open, semi-deciduous, mixed and coniferous, mossy forests on karst limestone at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters as a small sized, tufted, cool growing epiphyte and lithophytic orchid with densely arranged, nearly narrowly ovoid to ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic-oblanceolate, papery, acuminate, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a compressed, narrowly winged, 4.4 to 10" [11 to 25 cm] long, laxly 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with narrolwy lanceolate floral bracts.

Synonyms Stichorkis balansae (Gagnep.) Marg., Szlach. & Kulak 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as L bootanensis fig 571 pg 766 drawing fide; Dansk Bot Arkiv Bind 31 Nr 1 Orchids of Thailand IV Liparis Seidenfaden 1976 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo ?; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ? ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok; Turczaninowia 16(4):26-46 NEW AND RARE ORCHIDS (ORCHIDACEAE) IN THE FLORA OF CAMBODIA AND LAOS Averyanov 2013 ; Turczaninowia 19 (2): 3449 Averanov, Vuong and Tam 2016 photo fide Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;