Malaxis lowii (E.Morren) Ames 1921

Photo by Eric Hunt.

Plant and flowers in situ Mt Kinabalu Borneo

Photo by Rogier Van Vugt

to LATETHROUGH EARLY

Common Name or Meaning Low's Malaxis [English Orchidist 1800's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found only in Borneo in mixed lowland and lower montane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1500 [2100] meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial orchid occuring in leaf-litter amid rocks or in swampy alluvial soils with a creeping fleshy rhizome, giving rise to fleshy, swollen below stems carrying narrowly elliptic, acuminate, asymetrical basally, marginally undulate, dull brownish purple to golden brown, with a broad central green-white band above and purple veins below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter to early spring on a lax to somewhat dense, bright purple, to 9.6" [24 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence arising with linear, acuminate, reflexed, dark purple floral bracts.

Synonyms *Microstylis lowi E. Morren 1884

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen #5 17-20 tafel 6 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Shim, Lamb & Wood 1994; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Lamb, Shim & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman & Wood 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo not = M metallica; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #9 2010 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 8 2011 as Crepidium lowii; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 as Crepidium lowii drawing fide/photo plant only fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 errata for Vol 1; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #2 2017 as Crepidium lowii photo fide;

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