Liparis odorata (Willd.) Lindl. 1830 SUBGENUS Sturmia SECTION Liparis Photo by Orchidphotos and Flickr Photo Website

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Full shadeWarmCoolSpring THROUGHfall

Common Name The Fragrant Liparis - In China Xiang Hua Yang Er Suan

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Japan, China, Taiwan, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand in tropical valleys and on wet roadside banks at elevations of 900 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with narrowly ovoid-conical, sheathed pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, alternate, plicate, strongly 5 veined, narrowly ovate-lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate, acute, narrowing below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on an erect, terminal, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, 4 to 15 flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2, ovate-lanceolate, acute to apiculate floral bracts.

Part of the L nervosa group but differs from the similar L nervosa in the narrowly elliptic leaves and the spathulate petals with 3 or more veins.

Synonyms Empusa paradoxa Lindl. 1824; Leptorchis odorata (Willd.) Kuntze 1891 ; Liparis guamensis Ames 1914; Liparis longiscapa (Rolfe & Downie) Gagnep. 1932; Liparis odorata var. longiscapa Rolfe & Downie 1925; Liparis paradoxa [Lindl.] Rchb. f. 1861; Liparis paradoxa var. parishii Hook.f. 1890; Liparis parishii (Hook.f.) Hook.f. 1890; Liparis simeonis Schltr. 1924; Liparis teniana Kraenzl. 1921; Liparis tenii Schltr. 1921; Liparis tonkinensis Gagnep.1932; Malaxis lancifolia Sm. 1812; *Malaxis odorata Willd. 1805

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 as L paradoxa; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing; Dansk Bot Arkiv Bind 31 Nr 1 Liparis Seidenfaden 1976 as L paradoxa drawing fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 as L paradoxa photo okish; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide;