John and Gerry's    Orchids of Britain and Europe

Home The genus Liparis                 


     OriginLiparis, from "liparos" meaning "greasy", a reference to the shiny leaves.                                                                                                                     

The species:-

L. loeselii












This is a genus of some 300 species of which there is only a single European representative (L. loeselii). Many of the species reside  in the temperate zones of the Far East and America, whilst others find a home as tree dwelling epiphytes in tropical jungles.

In common with these tropical species but unlike most of its European cousins, it possesses a pseudobulb which can be seen as a fleshy enlargement of the lower stem. 

L. loeselii propagates largely by self pollination which it achieves very efficiently and to the point that it is quite normal for all the individual flowers in a spike to form seed pods.The species is also capable of vegetative propagation by means of the root tubers that form at the base of the plant. In the early years of its life-cycle these are penetrated by mycorrhizal fungus which provide nutrition.  This ability ceases as the plant matures.