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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Liparis Rich.
      1. Liparis nyikana G.Will.

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Dwarf epiphytic herb to 12 cm tall.
    Pseudobulbs
    Pseudobulbs 12–28 × 4–8 mm, conical, green, set close together on the rhizome.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3–6, lowermost 2–3 sheathing, the rest semi-erect, 6–8 × 2–4 cm, ovate, acute, somewhat ribbed.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence c. 5 cm long, rather laxly up to 6-flowered; peduncle with 1 bract c. 1 mm long.
    Flowers
    Flowers ± erect, very small, 3 mm in diameter, greenish-yellow turning straw-coloured with age, lip with a reddish central line.
    Pedicel and Ovary
    Pedicel 2 mm long, ovary 5 mm long.
    Bracts
    Bracts 3 mm long, ovate.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal 4–5 × 0.8 mm, linear, erect; lateral sepals 2–3 × 1–3 mm, united for most of their length, projecting forwards and lying under the lip.
    Corolla
    Petals 3–5 mm long, narrowly linear, almost filiform.
    Labellum
    Lip c. 3 × 3 mm, quadrate, curving back, with 2 calli at the base and a thickened central line; margin undulate.
    Column
    Column arched, 1.5–2 mm long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Tanzania

    Other Data

    Liparis nyikana G.Will. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Croix, S.F. [978], Malawi K000284802

    Bibliography

    First published in Pl. Syst. Evol. 142: 151 (1983)

    Accepted by

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

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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