Malaxis ovalisepala (J.J.Sm.) Seidenf. 1978 SECTION Crepidium

Plant and Flowers Photos by Peter O'Byrne


Common Name The Oval Sepal Malaxis - In China - Luan E Zhao Lan

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Yunnan province of China, Thailand and Sumatra on shaded slopes at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a cylindric, fleshy stem carrying 2 to 4, obliquely ovate to elliptic, acute, cuneate below intothe petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring on an erect, terminal, 4.2 to 7.2" [10.5 to 18 cm] long, longitudianlly ridged, laxly 7 to 8 flowered inflorescence with reflexed, lanceolate, floral bracts.

Synonyms Crepidium ovalisepalum (J.J.Sm.) Szlach. 1995; Malaxis szemaoensis Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; *Microstylis ovalisepala J.J.Sm. 1928

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Crepidium ovalisepalum; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as Crepidium ovalisepalum photos ok