Liparis elliptica Wight 1851 SECTION Cestichis

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Plant in situ Ryukyu Islands

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Full shade CoolFall Winter

Common Name The Elliptic Liparis [refers to the pseudobulbs] - In China Bian Qui Yang Er Suan

Flower Size .15 to .155" [3 to 4 mm]

Found in Assam, Bhutan, the eastern Himalayas, India, Nepal, Sri lanka, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Java, Vietnam, the Philippines, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Ryukyu and Taiwan in wet temperate forests at elevations of 1200 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with clustered, compressed, flattened, rugose, ribbed, elliptic, subrhomboid to globose pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, oblong to oblanceolate, acute, tapering below into the shortly, channeled, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall and early winter on a compressed, 2 winged, zigzag, bracteate, 2.4 to 5.2" [ 6 to 13 cm] long, laxly to subdensely many flowered inflorescence with distant narrowly lanceolat, acute to acuminate bracts and lanceolate, apiculate floral bracts

Synonyms Cestichis elliptica (Wight) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2005; Cestichis lyonii Ames 1911; Cestichis platybulba (Hayata) Kudô 1930; Leptorchis elliptica (Wight) Kuntze 1891; Liparis bicornuta Schltr.1906; Liparis concava Schltr. 1911; Liparis hookerae Ridl. 1886; Liparis lyonii (Ames) Ames 1915; Liparis platybulba Hayata 1914; Liparis wightii Rchb.f.1861; Stichorkis elliptica (Wight) Marg., Szlach. & Kulak 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Culture in Ceylon and The East Price 1918 as L wightiana; 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 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #13 753 - 819 Liparinae 1983 photo ok; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing ok; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo good; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 075 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Native Orchids of New Caledonia SNCO 1995 photo plant only; Native Orchids of China In Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 photo good; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Orchids of Odisha Misra 2014 drawing fide; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;