Liparis cordiformis C.Schweinf. 1937

photo by © ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 The Herbario AMO Website

Drawing Drawing by © Fritz Hamer andThe Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Flower Closeup? not

Plant and Flower in situ in Mexico? not Photo courtesy of © Edouard Faria

Full Shade Cold SummerEARLYFall

Common Name The Heart-Shaped Liparis [refers to the leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Jalisco, Michoacan, Mexico, Morelos, and Oaxaca states of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in mid elevation cloud forests at elevations around 2300 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with small subterranean pseudobulbs giving rise to a green stem carryig a single, verde, cordiform, round leaf with undulate margins and blooms in the summer through early fall on a filiform, slender, 2 .4" [6 cm] long, racemose, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence

CAUTION!!!!!! I am more than apprehensive with the ID of the flower closeup and in situ photo by Edouard Farria as the leaf is definitely not cordate, nor undulate on the margins and there are no lateral sepals visible, not is the lip conduplicate. I cannot be sure that the drawing is correct either as I have not seen the type publication by Charles Schweinfurth. The in situ photo from Morelos is more correct but there is no detail to the flowers.

Synonyms Liparis fantastica var. cordiformis (C.Schweinf.) L.O.Williams 1950

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952/85; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol III Hamer 1981 drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1027 Hamer 1984 Drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1037 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018