Malaxis laevis (Schltr.) P.F.Hunt 1970 SECTION Crepidium Type Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool EARLY Summer

Common Name The Smooth Malaxis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea at elevations around 1100 to 1200 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to a short, erect stem carrying 4 to 5, erect-patent, obliquely ovate-lanceolate to elliptic-ovate, acute, basally rounded and obliquely cuneate into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the early summer on an erect, thin, glabrous, to 2.8" [7 cm] long, rachis to 2" [5 cm] long, sublaxly 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Crepidium laeve (Schltr.) Szlach. 1995; *Microstylis laevis Schltr. 1911; Pseudoliparis laevis (Schltr.) Szlach. & Marg. 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 as Microstylis laevis Drawing fide;

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