Liparis deflexa Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 697 1890. (syn: Leptorchis deflexa (Hook. f.) Kuntze; Leptorkis deflexa (Hook.f.) Kuntze; Liparis flavoviridis Blatt. & McCann; Liparis prazeri King & Pantl.);
India, Himalaya to Indo-China as per WCSP;

Herbs, stem short with a pseudobulbous base; sheaths few. Leaves 2, opposite, very slender, 10-17 cm long, sessile or petioled, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate. Scape tall; bracts slender at length deflexed. Flowers small, in terminal racemes, resupinate. Sepals 3-5 nerved, obtuse, lateral oblong, dorsal longer oblong-lanceolate. Petals as long, very slender. Lip flabelliform, with a contracted 2-auricled base, calli obscure; column compressed from back to front, short straight flattened truncate, wings 0; anthers terminal. Capsule 2 cm long, clavate.

Flowering and fruiting: August-October
Semi-evergreen forests
India to Indo-China
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)


Liparis deflexa : 12 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures of Liparis deflexa shot today (30.7.16) at the Phedi Nagarkot at 5500 ft.
I did not see entry of this plant in the efi.

Yes Liparis deflexa. Thanks a lot for sharing wonderful pics. This I think was not there in our collection.

Oh Sorry I just realised your plant is from Nepal. It is reported from western Himalaya I assume.
There another brother of this, very rare, Malaxis mackinnonii which has two leaves appressed on ground like this.

Should I take it as Malaxis mackinnonii ?

No sir this is Liparis deflexa.
I was talking about another species.


Liparis deflexa Hook.f. : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (10)- around 600 kb each.

Location: Chobhar, Kathmandu, Nepal  
Date: 7 August 2018
Elevation: 4500 ft.
Habit : Wild

Very interesting.
I thought Liparis deflexa has two leaves only. But seems not. Closeby if you can find Liparis rostrata.
Thanks a lot for sharing.

Liparis deflexa Hook. f. : 9 posts by 2 authors. 6 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Chobhar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Date: 14 September 2020
Elevation: 1340 m.
Habit: Wild

Liparis deflexa Hook.f. : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)- 6 mb.
Location: Chobhar, Kathmandu
Date: 06 September 2019
Elevation: 1401 m.
Habit : Wild
Colony !

Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

Cant confirm from these pics.

Yes …! I understand. I had posted close ups couple of times earlier from the same location. This time I just wanted to share the habit image. It is the same.

Deflexa leaves are usually flat on ground.

We have earlier identified one from Chobhar and one from Nagarkot as below:
Liparis deflexa Hook.f.
Liparis deflexa

In those two links I can see the leaves almost flat on the ground. Which I don’t see in your new post.

What do you suggest the possibilities of other sp. at this elevation and flowering month ?

This does look like Liparis deflexa. Leaves are a bit odd. I thought deflexa leaves are flat on ground.


Liparis deflexa Hook. f.: 6 high res. images.

Location: Chobhar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: 10 August 2023
Altitude: 1500m.
Habitat : Wild