Malaxis fastigiata (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891Drawing by Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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

Common Name The Pointed Malaxis

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1090 to 3600 meters as a to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with a bulbous thickened base stem enveloped below by 3 to 3, tubular, imbricating sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, subopposite to distinctly separated, ovate-oblong, oval, to ovate-lanceolate, obtuse to acuminate, lightly cordate to cuneate basally leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, subumbellate, 4" [10 cm] long, many flowered racemose inflorescence.

Synonyms Dienia maianthemifolia Rchb.f. 1846; Malaxis linguella (Rchb.f.) Ames 1922; Malaxis longisepala (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis maianthemifolia A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; *Microstylis fastigiata Rchb.f. 1850; Microstylis linguella Rchb.f. 1888; Microstylis longisepala Ridl. 1888; Ophrys ensifolia Pav. ex Ridl. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Microctylis fastigiata; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Orchids of Peru Vol 2 Schweinfurth 1959; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1036 Hamer 1984 drawing fide;