Liparis cordiformis C.Schweinf. 1937 Drawing by Fritz Hamer andThe Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Flower Closeup?

Plant and Flower ensitu in Mexico? Photo courtesy of Edouard Faria

Full Shade Cold SummerEARLYFall

Common Name The Heart-Shaped Liparis [refers to the leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Jalisco, Michoacan, Mexico, Morelos, and Oaxaca states of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in mid elevation cloud forests at elevations around 2300 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with small subterranean pseudobulbs giving rise to a green stem carryig a single, verde, cordiform, round leaf with undulate margins and blooms in the summer through early fall on a filiform, slender, 2 .4" [6 cm] long, racemose, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence

CAUTION: I am more than apprehensive with this ID as the leaf is definitely not cordate, nor undulate on the margins and there are no lateral sepals visible, not is the lip conduplicate. I cannot be sure that the drawing is correct either as I have not sen the type publication by Charles Schweinfurth.

Synonyms Liparis fantastica var. cordiformis (C.Schweinf.) L.O.Williams 1950

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952/85; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol III Hamer 1981 drawing/photo not; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1027 Hamer 1984 Drawing not; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing not; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1037 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing not