Liparis elegans Lindl. 1830 SUBGENUS Cestichis SECTION Blepharoglossum Schlechter


Photos by Danny Lentz , plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Drawing of L gracilis

Drawing by Hooker


Common Name The Elegant Liparis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Papua and New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga 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 indifferens (J.J.Sm.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2005; Leptorkis elegans (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Leptorkis gracilis (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Liparis gracilis Hook.f. 1889; Liparis indifferens J.J.Sm. 1913; Liparis stricta J.J.Sm. 1907; Liparis vitiensis Rolfe 1921; Stichorkis elegans (Lindl.) Marg., Szlach. & Kulak 2008; Stichorkis indifferens (J.J.Sm.) Marg., Szlach. & Kulak 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Plantarum Vol 21 Hooker 1890 as L gracilis drawing fide; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911; Orchidaceae 6: 95 Ames 1920 as L stricta; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Dansk Bot Arkiv Bind 31 Nr 1 Orchids of Thailand IV Liparis Seidenfaden 1976 drawing fide;Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 as L indifferns drawing fide; Nordic Journal of Botany 2 193-218 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand X Seidenfaden 1982; 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 drawing good; Native Orchids of New Caledonia SNCO 1995 as L indifferns photo good; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; 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; 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 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