Liparis elmeri [Ames] Ames 1911 SUBGENUS Cestichis SECTION Distichae

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower in situ Philippines Photos by P.B. Pelser & J.F. Barcelona and PhytoImages Website

Common Name Elmer's Liparis [Elmer Merrill American Botanist and Orchid Collector in the Philippines late 1800 to early 1900's]

Flower Size

Found only in the Philippines at elevations of 260 to 2300 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with pear-shaped pseudobulbs enveloped by triangular-lanceolate bracts and carrying narrowy oblong leaves that blooms on a flattened, winged, many successively flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION I am absolutely sure that this is the correct photo for this species and it belongs in the section Distichae, not Elatae. If you have a Liparis elmeri that has a loosely several to many flowered inflorescence in the section elatae, then name of your orchid is Liparis dumaguetensis.

Synonyms *Cestichis elmeri Ames 1905; Disticholiparis elmeri (Ames) Marg. & Szlach. 2004;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003;