FZ.28. Liparis Rich.

Description of the genus

Epiphytic, lithophytic or terrestrial herbs, usually with pseudobulbs. Leaves 1-several, mostly broad, plicate and thin-textured. Inflorescence racemose, arising from the apex of the pseudobulb. Flowers resupinate, green, yellow or purplish. Sepals and petals spreading or reflexed. Lip simple, usually much larger than the sepals and petals, 2-3-lobed. Pollinia 4, in 2 pairs.

Comment: Liparis are dwarf, mostly terrestrial orchids with creeping rhizomes or fusiform tuberous roots, broad plicate (pleated) leaves and terminal inflorescences, flowering with the leaves. The flowers are small and the lip (the unpaired petal) is without a spur. (same as Malaxis)

Worldwide: 350 species, cosmopolitan

Zambia: 6 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
bowkeri Harv.N,EN,McDescription, Image
latialata Mansf.WCb
molendinacea G.Will. [DD]N
mulindana Schltr.Nw,NNwDescription, Image
nervosa (Thunb.) Lindl.N,W,CNw,N,LkDescription, Image
rungweensis Schltr. EMc

Other sources of information about Liparis:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Liparis
Flora of Malawi: Liparis
Flora of Mozambique: Liparis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Liparis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Liparis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Liparis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Liparis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Liparis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Liparis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Liparis
JSTOR Plant Science: Liparis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Liparis
Plants of the World Online: Liparis
Tropicos: Liparis
Wikipedia: Liparis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Liparis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=428, retrieved 19 April 2024

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