Crossoglossa liparidoides (Finet) Dodson 1993

Photo by Andrea Niessen


Drawing by Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Drawing?

Drawing by Bennett & Christenson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cold Summer

Common Name The Liparis Like Crossoglossa

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in upper montane cloud forests at elevations around of 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with villous roots and a caulescent, repent stem carrying distichous, close set, imbricating, leaf sheaths and narrowly elliptic, undulate margin, light green, acute, narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on an apical, terminal, peduncle to 4" [10 cm] long, to 12" [30 cm] long overall, rachis apex nodding, elongating growing tip, strongly acute angled, densely many flowered inflorescence with subequal to the twisted, acutely ribbed ovary floral bracts.

Distinguished by the ovate-cordiform, lip less than .16" [4mm] long, with the margins retrorsely ciliate and with a pair of united, flap-like callis in front of the thickened ring surrounding the column

CAUTION The 2 drawings above are different in the margins of the leaves and in the lip apex, I feel that Dodson is closer.

Synonyms Malaxis liparidioides (Finet) C.Schweinf. 1941; *Microstylis liparidoides Finet 1908

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959 as malaxis liparioides; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 522 Dodson 1989 as malaxis liparioides drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 81 Bennett & Christenson 1993 as Malaxis liparioides drawing fide to the second drawing; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 drawing fide to the first drawing; Flora of Ecuador 225 [2] Orchidaceae AA - Cyrtidiorchis Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide