Inverted Liparis
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Inverted Liparis
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Inverted Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis resupinata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Leptorkis resupinata, Platystyliparis resupinata, Liparis ridleyi

Inverted Liparis is a medium sized, tree-dwelling orchid with clustered, ovoid-cylindric, sheathed pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 4, alternate, membraneous, linear-lanceshaped, pointed to tapering, stalkless leaves. The plant blooms in the fall through spring on an arcuate, slender, fractiflex, 8-30 cm long, laxly many flowered inflorescence carrying upside down flowers. Flowers are pale green or greenish yellow; flower-stalk and ovary 5-7 mm. Dorsal sepal is oblong or elliptic-oblong, about 4 x 1.8 mm, 1-veined, below carinate, tip blunt or pointed; lateral sepals not carinate. Petals are narrowly linear, about 3.5 x 0.3 mm, tip blunt. Lip is broadly elliptic-oblong or broadly ovate-oblong, 2.5-3 mm, both sides strongly contracted and with 2 lateral splits below middle, forming epichile and hypochile, tip blunt; epichile eared and arrow shaped at base. Inverted Liparis is found in the Himalayas to Nepal, Bhutan, China and Western Ghats, at altitudes of 1300-2500 m. Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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