Liparis compressa [Bl] Lindl. 1830 SUBGENUS Cestichis SECTION Distichae

Photos courtesy of Peter O'Byrne, Dr. E.F. de Vogel, André Schuiteman and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Flower Closeup


Photos by David Kuehn


Common Name The Compressed Liparis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Malaysia, Vietnam, Sulawesi, Borneo, Java, Sumatra and the Philippines in highland primary cloud forests at elevations of 800 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte on mossy stems of old trees on top of hills with ovoid, flattened pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several sheaths and carrying a single, apical, acute, channeled basally leaf that blooms on an erect then arched, flattened and winged inflorescence with single, successive flowers.

Synonyms Cestichis compressa (Blume) Ames 1905; Disticholiparis compressa (Blume) Marg. & Szlach. 2004; Leptorchis compressa [Bl.] Kuntze 1891; Liparis compressa var maxima J.J. Sm 1931; *Malaxis compressa Bl. 1825; Stichorkis compressa [Bl] J.J.Wood 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 1 Ames 1905 as Cestichis compressa drawing fide; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908 as Cestichis compressa; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo ok; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 as L compressa var maxima; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo ok; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; photo ok; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 as Stichorkis compresssa photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 15 P.O'Byrne, 2015 as stichorkis compressa photo/drawing fide; Turczaninowia 19 (2): 34–49 Averanov, Vuong and Tam 2016 photo fide