Liparis caespitosa (Thouars) Lindl.

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Liparis caespitosa

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba.

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Synonyms: Cestichis caespitosa (Thouars) Ames
Epidendrum caespitosum Lam.
Leptorchis caespitosa (Thouars) O. Kuntze
Malaxis caespitosa Thouars
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Status: Native
Small epiphytic herb with ovoid pseudobulbs 13–25 mm long, smooth and green when young, later yellowish and wrinkled; 1-leafed at apex. Pseudobulbs set close together on the rhizome to form dense mats. Leaf stiff, usually light green, erect, oblanceolate, 6–10 cm long. Inflorescence terminal, c. 10 cm long, densely 20–40-flowered. Flowers non-resupinate, greenish-yellow to creamy-yellow, very small. Ovary and pedicel 5 mm long. Bracts acuminate, 3 mm long. Sepals ovate, acute, reflexed; dorsal sepal 2.5 mm long. Lip oblong 2.5 mm long, more or less 4-lobed, with 2 small calli at the base.
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Habitat: Epiphyte in evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 1280 - 1900 m
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Worldwide distribution: Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Reunion and in Asia from, Sri Lanka and India to the Philippines, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji.
Malawi distribution: S
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Content last updated: Monday 22 August 2022

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 278.

La Croix, I. et al. (1983). Malawi Orchids Volume 1 Epiphytic Orchids National Fauna Preservation Society of Malawi Pages 81 - 82. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 176. (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 71.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Liparis caespitosa., retrieved 6 December 2023

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