Liparis balansae Gagnep. 1932 SUBGENUS Cestichis SECTION Platyglossum Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name Balansa's Liparis [Uruguayan Plant Collector early 1900's] - In China Yuan Chun Yang Er Suan

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Thailand and Vietnam in primary, open, semi-deciduous, mixed and coniferous, mossy forests on karst limestone at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters as a small sized, tufted, cool growing epiphyte and lithophytic orchid with densely arranged, nearly narrowly ovoid to ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic-oblanceolate, papery, acuminate, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a compressed, narrowly winged, 4.4 to 10" [11 to 25 cm] long, laxly 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with narrolwy lanceolate floral bracts.

Synonyms Stichorkis balansae (Gagnep.) Marg., Szlach. & Kulak 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Dansk Bot Arkiv Bind 31 Nr 1 Liparis Seidenfaden 1976 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo ok; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ? ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok