Tiny Liparis
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Tiny Liparis
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Tiny Liparis
Botanical name: Liparis perpusilla    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Leptorkis perpusilla, Platystyliparis perpusilla, Liparis togashii

Tiny Liparis is a mini-miniature sized, tree-dwelling orchid with clustered, ovoid-cylindric pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 4, linear to linear-lanceshaped, pointed leaves. The plant blooms in the summer on a flower-cluster-stalk up to 1.5-5 cm long, axis up to 1.5-5 cm long, laxly 5-14 flowered inflorescence with lanceshaped, pointed floral bracts. Flowers are yellow; flower-stalk and ovary 3-4 mm. Dorsal sepal is nearly oblong, 1.1-1.3 x 0.4-0.5 mm, 1-veined, tip blunt; lateral sepals elliptic-oblong, 1-1.2 x 0.6-0.7 mm, 1-veined, tip blunt. Petals are linear or narrowly lanceshaped, 1-1.1 x 0.1-0.2 mm, tip blunt. Lip is reflexed, nearly round, about 1.1 x 0.9 mm, basal margins crisped, tip blunt-rounded, sometimes slightly with a short sharp point, disk with a U-shaped callus near base and 2 divergent calli at base of U-shaped callus. Tiny Liparis is found in Central Himalaya to China at altitudes of 2800 m. Flowering: July.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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