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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tanzania to E. Zambia.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Terrestrial herb, with subterranean pseudobulb 1 cm. long and 0.8 cm. wide.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2, arising at ground-level, slightly coriaceous, ovate, acute at the apex, sheathing the stem at the base, up to 3.5 cm. (usually 2.5 cm.) long and 2.5 cm. (usually 1.5 cm.) wide.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence erect, up to 6.5 cm. (usually 4–5 cm.) long, subtended by a foliaceous sheath, with ± 10 flowers.
    Bracts
    Bracts up to 7 mm. long, acuminate, surrounding the ovary at the base and equalling it in length.
    Flowers
    Flowers green.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal 7 mm. long, 2 mm. wide at base, auricled, tapering to an acute apex, margins revolute; lateral sepals 4 mm. long, 2 mm. wide, falcate, curving under the lip, apex rounded to acute.
    Corolla
    Petals linear, 7 mm. long, 1 mm. wide at base, gradually tapering to apex, downwardly-directed, margins revolute.
    Labellum
    Lip geniculate, entire, 6 mm. long, 4 mm. wide at centre, sides raised at the base surrounding a fleshy bilobed callus, apical half tapering to an acute tip which is turned under, giving the lip the appearance of being bilobed.
    Column
    Column 5 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide at base, tapering to 0.75 mm. at apex, fleshy, abruptly curved forward at the apex.
    Habitat
    Upland grassland and bushland, usually in rocky places; 1600–3000 m.
    Distribution
    T7 not known elsewhere
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Very small terrestrial herb; pseudobulbs subterranean, c. 10 × 8 mm.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2, erect, arising at ground level, 25–35 × 15–25 mm, ovate to oblong-ligulate, coriaceous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence erect, 4–6.5 cm long, c. 10-flowered.
    Flowers
    Flowers green.
    Pedicel and Ovary
    Ovary and pedicel 5–7 mm long.
    Bracts
    Bracts of similar length.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal 7 × 2 mm, lanceolate, acute, auricled at the base, the margin rolled back; lateral sepals 4 × 2 mm, falcate curving forwards under the lip.
    Corolla
    Petals 7 × 1 mm, linear, deflexed, margins revolute.
    Labellum
    Lip entire, 6 × 4 mm, geniculate, with a fleshy 2-lobed callus at the base; epichile tapering to an acute apex which is reflexed, so that lip appears 2-lobed.
    Column
    Column 5 mm long, curved.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania, Zambia

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Liparis rungweensis Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Aug 19, 1982 Dowsett-Lemaire, F. [360], Zambia K000284812
    Jan 26, 1971 Wingfield, R. [930], Tanzania K000284813
    Richards, H.M. [14305], Tanzania 3827.000
    Stolz, A. [2438] K000242150 Unknown type material
    Stolz, A. [2648] K000242151 syntype
    Stolz, A. [1153] K000242152
    Cribb, P.J. [10813], Tanzania K000284809
    Cribb, P. [10813], Tanzania 40316.000
    Pettersson, B. [349], Tanzania K000284810
    Dowsett-Lemaire, F. [360], Zambia 47609.000
    Jenkins, P. [114], Malawi K000284807
    Manktelow, S. [91147], Tanzania 56553.000
    Richards, H.M. [14305], Tanzania K000284808
    Gereau, R.E. [4089], Tanzania K000284811

    Bibliography

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 562 (1915)

    Accepted by

    • 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 Tropical East Africa

    • Schltr. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 53: 562 (1915).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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