Malaxis bancanoides Ames 1908

Plant and Flowers Photos by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade WarmCool SummerFall

Common Name The Bancan-Like Malaxis - In Japan - Iriomote hime-ran - In China Lan Yu Zhao Lan

Flower Size .15" [4mm]

Found in Japan, the Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand and Sulawesi in dense forests and along streamsides at elevations around 300 to 600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with slender, terete, greenish tinged with purple stems with new shoots that arise from the middle and carrying 4 to 9, green and flushed with purple, obliquely elliptic, acute, decurrent below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a green to purplish, 5 to 6 ridged, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence

CAUTION Does not conform well with some of the references that I have available to me, so use with caution.

Synonyms Crepidium bancanoides (Ames) Szlach. 1995; Crepidium macgregorii (Ames) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1996; Crepidium mindanaense (Ames) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1996; Malaxis macgregorii Ames 1911; Malaxis mindanaensis Ames 1912; Malaxis miyakei (Schltr.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; Malaxis roohutuensis (Fukuy.) K.Nakaj 1972; Microstylis iriomotensis Masam. 1934; Microstylis miyakei Schltr 1911; Microstylis roohutuensis Fukuy. 1932

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Botanisk Tidsserift 67: 76-127 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand IV Seidenfaden 1972 drawing good; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing OK; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 as M macgregorii; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Crepidium bancanoides; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as Crepidium bancanoides photos fide;