Malaxis thwaitesii Bennet 1982 Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg

Part Shade Warm LATER Summer Fall Winter

Common Name Thwaites' Malaxis [English Botanist and Plant Collector in India and Sri Lanka 1800's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Sri Lanka in tropical wet evergreen forests along water courses in shady places in crevasses of rocks as isolated clumps at elevations around 600 meters as a miniature, warm growing terrestrial with fusiform, annular scared by old leaf bases pseudobulbs carrying 5 to 6, distichous, lanceolate, acute, 3 veined, margin wavy, petiolate bsae leaves that blooms in the summer, fall and winter on an erect, terminal, peduncle 1.4 to 2" [3.5 to 5 cm] long, green, 4 angled, racemose, 6.4 to 6.8" [16 to 17 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acuminate, acute, 1 veined floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers .

Synonyms Malaxis lancifolia (Thwaites) Kuntze 1891; Microstylis lancifolia Thwaites 1861; Seidenfia lancifolia (Thwaites) Szlach. 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 as Malaxis lancifolia drawing fide;

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