Liparis wightiana Thwaites 1861 SUBGENUS Sturmia SECTION Liparis

Plant In Situ Sumatra Photo by J B Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbarium Website

Drawing drawing by W. H. Fitch and the Curtis Botanical Magazine

Common Name Wight's Liparis [British Surgeon and Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [9 mm]

Found in southern India, Sri Lanka, Java and Sumatra in submontane forests and tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations of 900 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with close set, ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped partially by a few smaller sheaths and carrying 2, ovate, acuminate, plicate, finely undulate margins, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a 4" [10 cm] long, 10 to 16 flowered inflorescence with narrowly triangular, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Diteilis wightiana (Thwaites) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2005; Leptorchis trimenii (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891; Leptorchis wightiana (Thwaites) Kuntze 1891; Liparis atropurpurea Wight 1844; Liparis trimenii Ridl. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 #8 1978; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing good; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2002 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007