Malaxis macrostachya (Lex.) Kuntze 1891

Plant and Flowers in situ Mexico Photo by © Guillermo Ibarra Manríquez and the CONABIO Orchid Page

Full Shade WarmColdLATERSummer

Common Name The Long Spiked Malaxis

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Arizona, Texas, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with a globose pseudobulbous growth giving rise to a single, elliptic-ovate, cordate base, abruptly narrowing into the conduplicate, subquadrate, thin, elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on an erect, 5" [12.5 cm] long, densely many [300 to 400] flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Achroanthes montana (Engelm. ex Rothr.) Greene 1891; Malaxis densiflora A.Rich. & Galeotti ex Ridl. 1888; Malaxis montana (Engelm. ex Rothr.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis soulei L.O.Williams 1934; Microstylis macrostachya (Lex.) Lindl. 1830; Microstylis montana Engelm. ex Rothr. 1879; *Ophrys macrostachya Lex. 1825

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as M soulei; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as M soulei drawing/photo ok; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as M soulei drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 838 Hamer 1984 as M soulei drawing ok; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 as M soulei photo ok;

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