Liparis hirundo Holttum 1947 SECTION Platystylis Schlechter

Photo by Ong Poh Teck and The Malaysian Biological Diversity Clearing House Website

Part Shade Warm Cool

Common Name The Swallow Shaped Liparis [refers to the column wings shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia along small forest streams hanging from branches of trees as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2, erect, pale green, elliptic, acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a very slender, narrowly winged, longer than the leaves, to 2.8" [7 cm] long, laxly several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts..

Similar to L decurrens but differs in the long wings on each side of the stigma that resemble a swallow in flight.

Synonyms Platystyliparis hirundo ( Holttum ) Marg. 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Gard. Bull. Singapore 11:281 Holttum 1947 drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Holttum 1953 drawing fide; Dansk Bot Arkiv Bind 31 Nr 1 Orchids of Thailand IV Liparis Seidenfaden 1976; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide;