Malaxis macrostachya (Lex.) Kuntze 1891

Photo by © Guillermo Ibarra Manríquez and the CONABIO Orchid Page

Plant and Flowers in situ Arizona

Photo by © Carl Luer

Full Shade CoolColdLATERSummer

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 to 3400 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; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Primera Parte Foldats 1969 as M soulei drawing good; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as M soulei drawing/photo ok; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; 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; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 as M soulei drawing fide/photo ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as M soulei; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 as M soulei photo ok; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as M soulei; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as M soulei photo fide