Malaxis andicola (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891

Leaves and flowers Original Drawing by RoCol and the His Flickr Site

Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Andes Living Malaxis

Flower Size .25" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in upper montane grasslands at elevations of 1500 to 3850 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with caespitose, pyriform psuedobulbs enveloped by imbricate sheaths with the upermost being leafbearing and carrying 2, subopposite, ovate, acute, thin, venation obvious, cuneate basally in to the elongate, petillate, imbricate leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, apical, to 3.4 [8 cm] long, many flowered, subumbellate inflorescence with non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms *Microstylis andicola Ridl. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 515 Dodson 1989 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide