Liparis elegans Lindl. 1830 SECTION Cestichis

Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Danny Lentz , plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The Elegant Liparis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Thailand, Borneo, Sumatra, Papua and New Guinea, the Philippines and Vanuatu on rocks, trees and sandy soils from the lowlands to 2600 meters as a small sized, hot to cold growing epiphyte and litho-terrestrial with a creeping rhizome carrying ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, widest at the top, acute leaves that gradually narrow to a broad channeled petiole that blooms on an erect, 10 to 14" [25 to 35 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence arising on younger pseudobulbs.

Synonyms Cestichis elegans (Lindl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2005; Cestichis gracilis (Hook.f.) Ames 1908; Disticholiparis gracilis (Hook.f.) Marg. & Szlach. 2004; Leptorkis elegans (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Leptorkis gracilis (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Liparis gracilis Hook.f. 1889; Liparis stricta J.J.Sm. 1907; Stichorkis elegans (Lindl.) Marg., Szlach. & Kulak 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Vol 21 Hooker 1890 as L gracilis drawing hmm; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Wood & Seidenfaden 1992 drawing/photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol IV Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 2 2008; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 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