Liparis deflexa Hook.f. 1890 SUBGENUS Sturmia SECTION Liparis


Photo by R Bhat\Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

TYPE Drawing

Type Drawing From Icones 21 Hooker 1890.

Full Shade warm Summer

Common Name The Deflexed Liparis

Flower Size .35" [7mm]

Found in the western Himalayas, India, Assam, Nepal, Bhutan, the eastern Himalayas, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam at elevations around 600 meters as a small sized, warm growing terrestrial with a root bearing tuber giving rise to an erect, cylindric stem enveloped by 2 to 3 tight, short, subacute sheaths and carrying 2, arising from near the top of the stem, sub-opposite, elliptic, plicate, 7 nerved, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the short, unequal petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a erect, striate, 8" [20 cm] long, laxly several flowered inflorescence with a few reflexed bracts and a reflexed, as long as the ovary floral bract.

Joseph 1987 in Orchids of Nilgiris mentions that this species and L platyphylla are very close and may be conspecific, if so then L playphylla takes precedence.

Synonyms Leptorkis deflexa (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Liparis flavoviridis Blatt. & McCann 1931; Liparis prazeri King & Pantl. 1897;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones 21 Hooker 1890 drawing fide; Orchids of The Sikkim-Himalaya King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Orchids of the Northwestern Himalayas Duthie 1906; Dansk Bot Arkiv Bind 31 Nr 1 Orchids of Thailand IV Liparis Seidenfaden 1976 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 #8 1978; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 photo fide; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 drawing/photo fide;