Liparis spiralipetala J.J.Sm. 1927 SECTION Platystylis Schlechter

Photo by J B Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool LATE Summer Fall

Common Name The Spiral Petal Liparis

Flower Size

Found in Sumatra at elevations of 1220 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with fleshy, flattened, elliptic pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 4, erect, lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the late summer and fall on a terminal, flattened, winged, much longer than the leaves, peduncle to .96 to 1.6" [2.4 to 4.5 cm] long, rachis three winged, 1.9" to 18.6" [4.75 to 24 cm] long, laxly many [28] flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION This species and L angustiflora are closely related. This photo determination is J B Comber's and he used it to illustrate this species in his Orchids of Sumatra 2001. The species photo used for L angustiflora could be this species and this one could be L angustiflora, I do not have the proper references, so please use with caution.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; REINWARDTIA Vol 1 Donk & Steenis 1950 drawing fide; Dansk Bot Arkiv Bind 31 Nr 1 Orchids of Thailand IV Liparis Seidenfaden 1976; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide see caution above