Malaxis pandurata (Schltr.) Ames 1922

Drawing by Ames


Common Name The Lute Shaped Malaxis [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador in pluvial and cloud forests at elevations around 900 to 1700 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with pseudobulbs carrying a single, ovate, cordate, abruptly acuminate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and later summer on a terminal, erect, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, subumbellate, many flowered inflorescence carrying green, resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Malaxis harlingii Dodson 1994; Malaxis tuerckheimii (Schltr.) Ames 1922; *Microstylis pandurata Schltr. 1906; Microstylis tuerckheimii Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018