Liparis bowkeri Harv. 1863 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Clone

Plant in situ in Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Part Shade Cool Cold Fall

Common Name Bowker's Liparis [Mrs. Barber nee Bowker South African Orchid Painter later 1800's]

Flower Size .5" to .6" [1.2 to 1.5 cm]

Found in Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Cape, Natal and Transvaal South Africa in highland forests on mossy rocks and banks on the forests floor and among moss on tree trunks and branches at elevations of 1350 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or rarely epiphyte with swollen, conical to cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 5, light green, thin, lanceolate to ovate or broadly ovate, plicate, shortly petiolate below leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, to 6" [to 15 cm] long, 2 to 25 flowered inflorescence with flowers that turn orange with age.

Synonyms Leptorkis bowkeri (Harv.) Kuntze 1891; Leptorkis gerardii (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Liparis gerrardii Rchb.f. 1867; Liparis neglecta Schltr. 1915; Liparis purseglovei Summerh. 1953; Liparis ruwenzoriensis Rolfe 1897

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as L neglecta photo ok; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 5 1981 drawing/photo; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos fide; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of West Central Africa Vol 2 Szlachetko etal 2010 drawing ok

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