E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Liparis loeselii (L.) Rich.
yellow widelip orchid (Loesel's liparis)
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

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© Jamie Fenneman  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #25075)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from bulblike bases (corms); stems 7-20 cm tall, with 2 basal leaves, smooth.
Two basal, erect, oblong-elliptic, 5-15 cm long, keeled on back, narrowed to winged stalks.
Inflorescence an open, several-flowered, terminal raceme, bracts linear-lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 mm long, flowers whitish to greenish-yellow; sepals narrowly lanceolate, spreading, 4.5-6 mm long, 3-veined; petals narrower and shorter than sepals, 4-5 mm long, 1-veined; lip 4-5 mm long, oblong to oval, entire to lobed, 5- to 7-veined, curved downward, abruptly pointed at tip; column 2-2.5 mm long, broad at base.
Capsules, ellipsoid to egg-shaped, 9-13 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist thickets and fens in the montane zone; rare in C BC, known only from Mara Meadows Ecological Reserve and White Lake, near Salmon Arm; circumpolar, N to NT, E to NF and S to ME, MA, PA, NC, AL, AR, NE, MT and WA; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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