Liparis vexillifera (Lex.) Cogn. 1895

Plant and Flower in situ Mexico

Photos by © Mary Gerritsen

Common Name The Flag-Carrying Liparis

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet cloud forests at elevations of 1200 to 3250 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a short swollen stem carrying a single, linear-lanceolate, folded, acute leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, winged above, to 2.4" [6 cm] long, laxly 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence carrying color variable flowers

Synonyms *Cymbidium vexilliferum Lex. 1825; Leptorkis vexillifera (Lex.) Kuntze 1898; Liparis galeottiana (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Hemsl. 1879; Liparis vexillifera var. galeottiana (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Ames & Correll 1942; Liparis vexillifera var. latifolia Cogn. 1895; Malaxis galeottiana A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correl 1952; Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth Vol 2 1959; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 not = L jamaicensis; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing fide; The Orchids of El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing fide/photo ok; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 not = L jamacensis; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 823 Hamer 1983 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #13 753 - 819 Liparinae 1983; ORQUIDEA (Méx.) 10 (2) 1987 drawing/photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 = L jamaicensis; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 photo not = L jamaicensis; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018