Malaxis densiflora (A.Rich.) Kuntze 1891 Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Hot Summer Fall

Common Name The Densely Flowered Malaxis

Flower Size very small

Found in southwestern India and Sri Lanka tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations of 200 to 400 meters as a small sized, hot growing terrestrial with erect, globose, pseudobulbous stems enveloped by leaf sheath bases carrying 2 to 3, sessile to shortly petiolate, ovate to lanceolate, acute to acuminate, 5 veined, wavy margined leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, peduncle 1 to 3" [2.5 to 7.5 cm] long, carrying a few deflexed, empty bracts, 2 to 4" [5 t o10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, deflexed, as long as the flower floral bracts and carrying yellowish to greenish yellow flowers.

Synonyms Corymborkis densiflora (A.Rich.) M.R.Almeida 2009; *Liparis densiflora A.Rich. 1841; Malaxis densiflora var. luteola (Wight) P.K.Sarkar 1984; Microstylis densiflora (A.Rich.) Alston 1931; Microstylis luteola Wight 1851; Microstylis pratensis Ridl. 1888; Microstylis versicolor Wight 1844; Microstylis versicolor var. luteola (Wight) Hook.f. 1890; Seidenfia densiflora (A.Rich.) Szlach. 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide;