Liparis zaratananae Schltr. 1924Drawing by J J Smith and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool LATE Spring

Common Name The Tsaratanana Liparis [A nature reserve in Madagascar]

Flower Size

Found in northern Madagascar in mossy montane forests at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with cylindrical, pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, oval-elliptic, acuminate, plicate, rounded and contracted below intothe petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring on an erect, terminal, more or less longer than the leaves, peduncel to 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, rachis to 2.4" [6 cm] long, 4 to 8 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers that are greenish becoming yellowish brown with age flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939 as L tsarantananae drawing fide; Orchids of Madagascar Du Puy, Hermans, Bosser & Cribb 2007; A field Guide tothe orchids of Mdagascar 2009 photo fide;