Liparis similis Schltr. 1911 SUBGENUS Menoneuron SECTION Genychilus

Type Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Warm LATE Winter

Common Name The Similar Liparis [refers to its similarity to L genychila]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 800 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with a very short rhizome giving rise to close set, thin, cylindrical, somewhat compressed pseudobulbs carrying a single, erect to suberect, oblanceolate-ligulate, acute to acuminate, glabrous, nerved, narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the late winter on an erect, thinly pedunculate, terete, glabrous, equal to the leaves in length, 7.2 to 9.2" [18 to 23 cm] long, secund, laxly 10 to 12 flowered inflorescence with erect-patent, ovate-lanceolate, glabrous, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the sepals and petals are yellow green, the lip is brownish green and the column is paler. This species is similar to L genychila but this one has an inflorescence as long as the leaf, has a mid lobe of the lip that is less truncate and distinctly 3 toothed in front, moreover the column is shorter and less slender.

Synonyms Cestichis similis (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 Drawing fide;