Malaxis aphylla (King & Pantl.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951 SECTION Crepidium Drawing by Pradhan

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Common Name The Leafless Malaxis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas at elevations around 300 to 400 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot growing mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with a globose tuber giving rise to an erect stem with a few distant bracts that blooms in the late spring on a 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, laxly several flowered inflorescence with numerous, lanceolate, deflexed to the rachis, as long as the ovary floral bracts carrying yellow flushed with purple flowers.

Synonyms Crepidium aphyllum (King & Pantl.) A.N.Rao 2000; *Microstylis aphylla King & Pantl. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Microstylis aphylla drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide;

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