17. Liparis pygmaea King & Pantling, Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. Calcutta. 8: 34. 1898.
华西羊耳蒜 hua xi yang er suan
Herbs, terrestrial or lithophytic. Pseudobulbs clustered, narrowly ovoid, 5-10 × 2-5 mm, enclosed by 2 or 3 membranous sheaths. Leaves 2; petiole ca. 7 mm, broad, base sheathing, not articulate; blade ovate to elliptic, 8-15 × 3-5 mm, base contracted into petiole, apex acute. Inflorescence to 5 cm; peduncle 20-35 mm; rachis 0-15 mm, 1-3-flowered; floral bracts lanceolate, 2.7-3 mm, apex acute. Flowers yellow or pink; pedicel and ovary 3-6 mm. Dorsal sepal linear, 8-11 × ca. 2 mm, apex obtuse; lateral sepals parallel below lip, linear, 8-11 × 2-2.2 mm. Petals linear, 5-7 mm; lip 5-7 × ca. 3 mm, lower half cuneate, upper half oblong-elliptic, base with a fleshy bilobed callus, apex entire to obscurely dentate, apiculate. Column 2-2.5 mm, slender, base dilated, apex with small wings. Fl. Jul.
About 3100 m. "W China" [NE India, Nepal].
This new record for China is based on E. H. Wilson 4579 (K), collected in W China in July 1904. We do not accept the view of Pearce and Cribb (Orchids Bhutan, 203. 2002) that Liparis nana Rolfe from Vietnam is conspecific because it differs in having an erose, subquadrate lip with a U-shaped callus.