Liparis acaulis

Liparis acaulis

Liparis acaulis Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 102

Type: Schlechter 14474 (holo B, lost; iso BO, BR


  • Cestichis acaulis (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones, Orchadian 15 (2005) 38
  • Stichorkis acaulis (Schltr.) Marg., Szlach. & Kulak, Acta Soc. Bot. Pol. 77 (2008) 37

Epiphytic, caespitose, 40-50 cm high. Rhizome very short; roots elongated, flexuose, smooth. Pseudobulbs hardly developed, reduced to a minute conical swelling, 1-leaved. Leaves erect, at the very base articulated, basally narrowed, spathulate-oblong, acute, 30-50 cm long, in apical half 3.5-5 cm wide. Inflorescence seemingly basal (in reality arising from the apices of the reduced pseudobulbs), erect, covered with a few distant very small sheaths, angular; rachis laxly several-flowered, quaquaversal, much shorter than the leaves. Floral bracts erect-patent, lanceolate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary. Flowers spreading, usually not resupinate. Median sepal lanceolate-oblong, acute, 0.9 cm long. Lateral sepals obliquely lanceolate, acute, as long as the median sepal. Petals linear, obtuse, a little longer than the sepals. Lip at the base ascending, porrect, cuneate-obovate, c. 1 cm long, in apical half 0.7 cm wide, shortly acuminate, towards the apex with minutely undulate-crenulate margins, at the base on either side auriculate-thickened, in the middle with a very small obtuse callus. Column erect, a little widened at the slightly incurved apex. Anther rounded, in front obtuse. Ovary c. 1.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Flowers green.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 800 to 1000 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte.

April, September.

  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1911) 198
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 76, fig. 277
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Malaxideae
  • Section Platychilus
  • Genus Liparis
  • Species Liparis acaulis

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Liparis acaulis

Liparis acaulis Schltr., drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 76, fig. 277

Liparis acaulis

Liparis acaulis Schltr., herbarium sheet, Schlechter 14474 (