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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Liparis Rich.
      1. Liparis vulturiceps Hermans & P.J.Cribb

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Madagascar.


    Hermans, J. & Cribb, P. 2014. New species and new names in Malagasy orchids (Orchidaceae). Kew Bulletin 69: 9517. DOI

    Small terrestrial growing in leaf litter with a short rhizome; roots 2 – 3 mm in diam., woolly
    Pseudobulbs 8 – 18 cm long, 5 – 7 mm in diam., caespitose, 2- to 3-leaved, largely covered by thin overlapping greenish-brown sheaths, 20 – 25 mm long
    Leaves dark green, leathery, ovate, 20 – 82 mm long, 15 – 40 mm wide, glossy, dark green with a short 5 – 10 mm petiole
    Inflorescence terminal from the centre of the leaves of the new growth, 50 – 65 mm long, with 2 – 6 flowers; peduncle ridged, 2 – 3 mm in diam., pale green, with a scale 8 mm long, 2 – 3 mm wide; rachis 3 – 5 cm long; floral bracts lanceolate 5 – 6 mm long, 2 – 2.5 mm wide
    Flowers 14 mm long, 9 mm wide, pale green becoming ochre with age, petals and column paler, main callus on lip dark green, the anther white, the dorsal sepal and petals folded against the back of the flower, the petals in a vertical plane with the lip; pedicel and ovary twisted, smooth, pale green, 13 – 16 mm long, 1 – 1.5 mm wide
    Dorsal sepal linear, acuminate, 12 – 15 mm long, 2 – 2.5 mm wide; lateral sepals auriculate, the outer margin distinctly recurved, 10 – 13 mm long, 5.5 – 6 mm wide
    Petals linear, acuminate, 12 – 14 mm long, 1 – 1.2 mm wide, margins recurved
    Lip 3-lobed, pandurate, 11 – 13 mm long, 7 – 8 mm wide; lateral lobes rounded, small; mid-lobe flabellate, large with the anterior margin distinctly undulate; callus basal, large, 3-lobed, 3 – 5 mm long, its basal lobes rounded, erect, its mid-lobe clavate
    Column erect, incurved in apical half, wings expanded over the upper third becoming distinctly falcate at the tip, 4.5 mm long, 2.3 mm wide; anther oblanceolate, strongly ridged, 2 mm long, 0.7 mm wide; pollinia 2, pyriform, yellow, elongate, 0.9 mm long, 0.3 mm wide
    Found in eastern Madagascar, in degraded humid evergreen forest in leaf litter in dense shade.
    Data deficient but possibly threatened because of its limited range. It partly occurs in a protected area which should provide it with a degree of protection.
    Refers to the vulture-like appearance of the flower. The species was also observed and photographed by Jean-Michel Hervouet in Parc National de Ranomafana (Fianarantsoa Province). This new species is very different from any other Liparis; its strongly recurved petals and dorsal sepal, auriculate petals parallel with the lip, the shape and callus of its lip and its falcate column being quite distinct. The habit of the plant is somewhat similar to other bifoliate Madagascan Liparis, including L. listeroidesSchltr. and L. longicaulisRidl. but its pseudobulbs are generally shorter and the leaves thicker. The lip shows some similarity to those of L. ochraceaRidl., L. longicaulisRidl. and L. puncticulataRidl. but the plant, flower habit, lip calli and falcate column wings are all very different.


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    First published in Kew Bull. 69(2)-9517: 4 (2014)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2019). World Checklist of Vascular Plants (WCVP Database) The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


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