Liparis loeselii plate
Liparis loeselii from
Album des Orchidées d'Europe

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Malaxideae
SubTribe: Liparidinae
Genus: Liparis
L.C.Rich 1817
Type Species
Liparis loeselii

Liparis abbreviated as Lip. in horticultural trade, is a genus of orchids, composed of around 400 species.


This genus is made up of terrestrial orchids with a worldwide distribution. They are usually found in wet montane forests.


Plants in this genus has a long column and two pollina


Grow plants in cool to intermediate conditions. Plants grow in a media made of small bark, perlite, and sand. Keep medium moist but not wet. Temperate species may require a winter rest with reduce water.


The genus is named after the shiny leaves of the plants. The plants are commonly called flase twayblade and widelip orchid


  1. Alipsa Hoffmansegg 1842
  2. Androchilus Liebman 1844
  3. Cestichis Lindley 1887
  4. Empusa Lindley 1824
  5. Empusaria Rchb.f 1828
  6. Gastroglottis Bl. 1825
  7. Paliris Dum. 1827
  8. Platystylis Lindley 1828
  9. Pseudorchis S.F. Gray 1754
  10. Stichorchis Thou. 1822
  11. Sturmia Rchb.f 1826

Species Edit

See List of Liparis species