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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Liparis Rich.
      1. Liparis epiphytica Schltr.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Uganda.

    [FTEA]

    Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

    Habit
    Small epiphytic herb, with pseudobulbs in close proximity on a short rhizome.
    Roots
    Roots fine, flexuose.
    Pseudobulbs
    Pseudobulb ovoid, up to 1 cm. high and 4 mm. in diameter, with one small sheath at base, one slightly larger sheathing leaf attached near base, and 1–2 normal leaves attached to the pseudobulb near its apex.
    Leaves
    Leaves 5–8(–11) cm. long, 6–9 mm. wide, parallel-sided, tapering at base, bilobed at apex, keel on back ending in a small hooked apiculum.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence terminal, erect, 5–10 cm. long, usually longer than, sometimes twice as long as, the leaves; 2 long narrow sterile bracts at base of peduncle; fertile bracts shorter, wider, narrowly ovate, ± 4–6 mm. long, 2 mm. wide at base.
    Flowers
    Flowers 5–10(–20), pale yellowish green.
    Ovary
    Pedicellate ovaries 7–10 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal linear, up to 5.5 mm. long, 0.6–0.7 mm. wide, margins recurved, apex obtuse; lateral sepals oblong-falcate, 3.7–4.5 mm. long, 2–2.2 mm. wide, obtuse, rolled under beneath the lip.
    Corolla
    Petals linear, 5.5–5.6 mm. long, 0.4 mm. wide, apex obtuse.
    Labellum
    Lip recurved, slightly auriculate at the base, cuneate, bilobed at the apex, mid-lobe reduced to an apiculum; tooth-like calli at base of lip joined together at their bases.
    Column
    Column 3.3–3.6 mm. long, terete, geniculate, slightly winged at the apex.
    Habitat
    Epiphytic in crowns of large forest trees; 1000–2440 m.
    Distribution
    U2 U4

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Zaïre

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Liparis epiphytica Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Cameroon 24078.000
    Troupin, G. [2452], Congo, DRC 21014.000
    Eggeling, W.J. [5844], Uganda 20555.000
    Eggeling, W.J. [5215], Uganda 23176.000
    Harrington, G. [580], Uganda 33699.000
    Schlechter, F.R.R. [12694] K000242162
    Lloyd, H.B. [3] K000242161
    Biteau [s.n.], Gabon 78157.000

    Bibliography

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 38: 6 (1905)

    Accepted by

    • Velayos, M. & al. (eds.) (2018). Flora de Guinea Ecuatorial 10: 1-491. Consejo superior de investigaciones científicas, Real jardín botánico, Madrid.
    • Szlachetko, D.L. & Mytnik-Ejsmont, J. (2015). Orchidaceae of West-Central Africa 2: 1-300. Koeltz Scientific books, Koenigsheim, Germany.
    • Jongkind, C. (2014). Fauna & Flora of Liberia, flowering plant species list www.liberianfaunaflora.org.
    • Lejoly, J. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Flore de la Tshopo (RD Congo): Familles des Malvaceae, Orchidaceae, Sterculiaceae, Tiliaceae Taxonomania. Revue de Taxonomie et de Nomenclature Botaniques 29: 1-41.
    • Szlachetko, D.L. (2008). Orchidaceae of Ivory Coast Ruizia 20: 1-396.
    • Szlachetko, D.L. & al. (2004). Flore du Gabon 36: 1-231. Muséum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • in Engl., Bot. Jahrb. 38: 6, fig. 3 (1905).

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Jongkind, C. (2014). Fauna & Flora of Liberia, flowering plant species list www.liberianfaunaflora.org.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Summerh. in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 3: 214 (1968).
    • Schltr. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 38: 6, fig. 3 (1905).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0