Plantain Liparis
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Plantain Liparis
P Native Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Plantain Liparis • Manipuri: ꯁꯡꯕꯥꯟꯅꯕꯤ Shangbanabi
Botanical name: Liparis plantaginea    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Leptorkis plantaginea

Plantain LIparis is a small to just medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial orchids. It has ovate-oblong, compressed, smooth, green pseudobulbs enveloped partially by a few pointed, deciduous, membraneous sheaths. The plant carries 2, plicate, 5-7 nerved, keeled, linear-oblong to oblanceolate leaves. Leaves are either stalkless or gradually narrowing into the leaf-stalk. The plant blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, basal, 15-25 cm long, several flowered inflorescence arising on an older, mature pseudobulb. Flowers are distinctive in being deep green and somewhat translucent. Plantain LIparis is found in eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam at elevations of 300-600 m.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh Photographed in Tippi, Arunachal Pradesh.

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