Malaxis carnosa (Kunth) C.Schweinf. 1941


Photo by © Walter Schug

Full Shade Cool ColdSummer

Common Name The Fleshy Malaxis

Flower Size .1" [2mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua at elevations of 1000 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a subterrranean, suborbicular, thickened corm, a single, elliptic, acute to rounded, gradually narrows below into the conduplicate, elongate, petilate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a erect, 10 3/4" [27 cm] long, many flowered infloresence

Synonyms Dienia calycina Lindl. 1830; Malaxis calycina (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis gracilis (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis monticola (Schltr.) Ames 1922; Microstylis calycina (Lindl.) Ridl. 1888; Microstylis gracilis Ridl. 1888; Microstylis microtoides Schltr. 1918; Microstylis monticola Schltr. 1906; Serapias parisitica Pavone ex Ridl. 1888; *Stelis carnosa Kunth 1816;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Dienia calycina; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 90. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Microstylis microtoides; Las Qrquedias de El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo hmm; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing hmm; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 834 Hamer 1983 drawing maybe; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing good/photo ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018