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Orchid Species: Liparis comosa

Kew currently accepted name is Liparis cespitosa

Liparis comosa is an orchid species identified by Ridl. in 1896. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Liparis cespitosa.
Liparis (Lip.)
ORIGIN: Found from Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Yunnan China, Assam India, eastern Himalayas, lower India, Sri Lanka, western Himalayas, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Borneo, Java, Moluccas, the Philippines, Sulawesi, Sumatra, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji New Caledonia, Samoa, Vanuatu and Japan on trunks and lower branches of evergreen lowland forests and primary highland cloud forests at elevations of 400 to 1900 meters.

DESCRIPTION: This small sized, cool to hot growing epiphytic orchid has clumping, smooth, green pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblanceolate, stiff-textured, smooth, glossy green leaf that is basally jointed and is a spring and summer bloomer with an erect, densly many flowered, 9 [22.5 cm] long raceme with several [15], inverted flowers that open in succession over a long period. This orchid needs high humidity to be mounted, less to be potted in a bark mix, given deep shade and warm to cool temperatures. Reduce water and fertilizer through the winter months when growth stops but avoid letting the plant dry out completely.

FLOWER SIZE: 1/4 inch [0.6125 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Liparis Lip cespitosa 1825 (Lam.) Lindl.
Add+ Leptorkis Leptorkis minima 1891 (Blume) Kuntze
Add+ Leptorkis Leptorkis obscura 1891 (Hook.f.) Kuntze
Add+ Leptorkis Leptorkis prainii 1891 (Hook.f.) Kuntze
Add+ Leptorkis Leptorkis pusilla 1891 (Ridl.) Kuntze
Add+ Leptorkis Leptorkis revoluta 1891 (Hook. & Arn.) Kuntze
Add+ Liparis Lip angustifolia 1830 (Blume) Lindl.
Add+ Liparis Lip minima 1830 (Blume) Lindl.
Add+ Liparis Lip neoguineensis 1911 (Schltr.) Schltr.
Add+ Liparis Lip poilanei 1929 Gagnep.
Add+ Liparis Lip prainii 1889 Hook.f.
Add+ Liparis Lip revoluta 1832 Hook. & Arn.
Add+ Malaxis Mal minima 1825 Blume
Add+ Stichorkis Sck pusilla 2008 (Ridl.) Marg., Szlach. & Kulak
Add+ Cestichis Cestichis cespitosa 1908 (Lam.) Ames
Add+ Leptorkis Leptorkis cespitosa 1891 (Lam.) Kuntze
Add+ Malaxis Mal cespitosa 1822 (Lam.) Thouars
Add+ Liparis Lip pusilla 1886 Ridl.
Add+ Epidendrum Epi cespitosum 1783 Lam.
Add+ Stichorkis Sck cespitosa 2010 (Lam.) Thouars ex Marg. in H.B.Margonska & D.L.Szlachetko
Add+ Stichorkis Sck cestichis 1822 Thouars
Add+ Liparis Lip obscura 1889 Hook.f.
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