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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Liparis Rich.
      1. Liparis latialata Mansf.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Zimbabwe.


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

    Terrestrial herb with erect shoots arising close together from a shallowly buried rhizome 1.5–2 mm. in diameter.
    Pseudobulbs green, fleshy, up to 9 cm. long and 3 mm. in diameter, with 3–4 small sheathing leaves and 2 or 3 large foliage leaves at the apex.
    Sheathing leaves increasing in length up the pseudobulb to 3 cm., partially or completely covering it, becoming fibrous with age; foliage leaves membranous, deep green, cordate, with entire margins sometimes crisped, up to 6 cm. long and 5 cm. wide; petioles 2–3 cm. long, widening abruptly near the base to encircle the pseudobulb; a smaller foliage leaf often subtends the terminal inflorescence.
    Inflorescence shorter than, or equalling, the foliage leaves, up to 5-flowered, subumbellate; bracts 2–4 mm. long, acuminate.
    Pedicel and ovary up to 1.5 cm. long.
    Tepals purple.
    Dorsal sepal 9 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, tapering gradually towards the acute apex, and narrowing abruptly at the base; lateral sepals joined almost to the apices, but may split further apart; united part 6 mm. wide, 7 mm. long, free apices rounded, acute.
    Petals linear, 8 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, rounded at the apices.
    Lip fleshy, with a small bilobed callus at the base, suborbicular, 2-lobed ± with an apiculum between, sides folded upwards at the base, main blade almost flat, margins entire at the base, changing abruptly to deeply toothed around the lobes. Lip white or yellow with purple veins.
    Column 3.5 mm. long, much curved, with 2 very wide wings extending from base to apex.
    Mist forest; 1000 m.

    Orchidaceae, I. la Croix and P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:1. 1995

    Terrestrial herb to 12 cm tall.
    Pseudobulbs up to 9 cm long and 3 mm in diameter, with several sheathing leaves and 2–3 foliage leaves.
    Foliage leaves 3–6 × 2.3–5 cm, ovate, cordate, dark green, the margin sometimes undulate; petiole short, c. 1 cm long.
    Inflorescence subumbellate, 3–8-flowered, shorter than or equal in length to the foliage leaves.
    Sepals and petals plum-purple coloured; lip yellow or white, purple veined.
    Pedicel and Ovary
    Pedicel and ovary 9–12 mm long.
    Bracts 3–4 mm long.
    Dorsal sepal 7–10 × 1–2 mm, linear-lanceolate; lateral sepals 11–15 × 5–6 mm, joined for three quarters of their length.
    Petals 7–10 mm long, less than 1 mm wide, ± filiform.
    Lip fleshy, with a small 2-lobed callus at the base, up to 11 × 12 mm, fan-shaped, emarginate with a small apiculus, the apical edge undulate and dentate.
    Column 2.5–3.5 mm long, curved, winged.



    Native to:

    Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Other Data

    Liparis latialata Mansf. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Zimbabwe 31056.000
    Fanshawe, D.B. [8197], Zambia 30877.000
    Williamson, G. [754], Zambia 33806.000
    Morze, G. [137A], Zambia 30107.000
    Odgers [105] 77411.000
    Schlieben, H.J. [3091], Tanzania K000242158 isotype


    First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 12: 703 (1935)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Williamson, Orch. SC. Afr.: 115, fig. 59/4, t. 93 (1977).
    • Mansf. in Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin-Dahelm 12: 703 (1935).


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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