Liparis hirtzii Dodson 1989 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Full shade Cold Fall EARLY Winter

Common Name Hirtz's Liparis [German Engineer and Orchid Enthusiast in Ecuador current]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Bolivar province of Ecuador as a scrambling vine on the trunks of very large trees in upper montane, cloud forests at elevations around 2600 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with a vine-like stem creeping on the base of the treeglabrous, enveloped by inflated sheaths giving rise to 1 to 2, arising every 3 to 4 nodes, ovate, obtuse, sub-truncately narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaves taht bloooms in the fall through early winter on a axillary, to 4" [10 cm] long, successively few, 7 to 9 flowered inflorescence with anrrowly ovate, floral bracts .

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide;