African Plant Database

Liparis mulindana Schltr.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 560 (1915) 
Information on the genus : Liparis
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 8-20 cm tall, with a short fleshy subterranean rhizome; leaf 1, appressed to ground, ± orbicular, 2-6x1-7 cm, base cordate, dark olive-green with reddish tinge above, deep purple beneath, with 8-9 deeply impressed veins; inflorescence terminal, to 15 cm long, 3-10-flowered; peduncle reddish green with 2-3 acuminate reddish bracts c. 5 mm long; flowers resupinate, fleshy, dull reddish; bracts triangular, 4-7 mm long; pedicel and ovary 5-8 mm long, winged; dorsal sepal erect, linear, 5-10 mm long; laterals falcate, 4-7x2-4 mm, joined at first but later separating, tips curved down, lying below lip; petals linear, 5-10 mm long, deflexed or spreading; lip oblong-obovate, 4-6x3-5 mm, geniculate, base broadly auriculate, then constricted and then heart-shaped, concave with fleshy disk in centre, apex slightly emarginate; callus short, prominent.
Ecology : (Moist) Brachystegia woodland; often on stony hillsides; stony copper steppe savanna; “locally frequent under Uapaca-Brachystegia grassland slopes… Colonies often of 20-50 individuals in a close grouping” (Ball 2009: 218); forest, in shallow soil overlying laterite in fairly deep shade; 560-1650 m alt.
  L. hemipilioides Schltr. 1899 is perhaps synonymous (an older name); see under that species.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 279
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see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Orchidées d'Afrique Centrale
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
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