Liparis capensis Lindl. 1840

Plant and Flowers in situ South Africa Photos by Marland Holderness and his Flickr Website

Common Name The Cape Liparis [refers to it's occurence with in Cape Province South Africa]

Flower Size 1/3" [8mm]

Found in SW & S Cape Province South Africa in sandy soils, and in forests among rocks lower elevations as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid pseudobulbs usually buried in sand and soil and carrying 2, apical, spreading, thick, leathery, ovate leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, terminal, [2 to 6 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Leptorchis capensis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Liparis pappei Lindl. ex Harv.1863; Sturmia capensis (Lindl.) Sond. 1846

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 5 1981 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe and Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing fide/photo good;