Common name: Elliptic Liparis
Himalaya to Nansei-shoto and SW. Pacific (as per WCSP)

Pseudobulb 2 x 1.5 cm, ovoid, laterally compressed, 2-leaved. Leaves 10-11 x 2.5-3 cm, linear-elliptic, acute; petiole 1 cm long. Flowers white, in about 20 cm long, terminal raceme; dorsal sepal elliptic, obtuse, 1-veined; lateral sepals elliptic-oblong, apiculate, 1-veined; petals linear, subacute; lip 3 x 2 mm, ovate, subacuminate, with an ear like folding subapically.

Flowering and fruiting: April-May
Evergreen and shola forests
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Liparis elliptica Wight SN Oct 06 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Liparis elliptica Wight is an epiphytic orchid collected from Kodaikanal and Nilgiri areas of Western Ghats, Tamilnadu.

Again cant confirm without flowers but I am sure you have confirmed.
Otherwise the characters seen here matches.

Images by tspkumar


15-ID-TSP-21DEC2015-2: Orchid for ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

Kindly identify this Orchid. 

Habit: Epiphytic herb 

Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest 

Sighting: Kottigehara, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl 

Date: 17-12-2015

Identified by … as Liparis elliptica

SK 2418 28 January 2020 : 8 posts by 2 authors. 8 images- 1 to 7 mb each.

Date:  7 January 2020
Elevation: 1698m.
Habitat: Wild
Liparis elliptica Wight ??
Plant was too far !

I think this is Liparis elliptica, but its best to have dissected flower.

Thank you … I was not reachable !


Liparis sp. Identification: 3 images- 2 high res.
Location: Manipur

Habitat : epiphytic, wild
Altitude: Above 1000
Collection date: 8 Nov, 2022

Liparis elliptica Wight ??

Looks like Liparis elliptica.

It is indeed Liparis elliptica Wight.


SK 3696 12 March 2023 – Orchidaceae: 3 very high res. images.

Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal
Date: 11 March 2023
Altitude: 1586m.
Habitat : Wild

Looks like a Liparis, can’t confirm the species from these images.

This somehow reminds me of Liparis elliptica, but yes, can’t confirm without proper flowers.

You may be right


Liparis elliptica Wight:

Location:Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal 
Date: 20 November 2023
Elevation: 1698 m.
Habit : Wild

Yes very typical Liparis elliptica.





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