Malaxis umbelliflora Sw. 1788

Another Angle

Photos by Saint-Claude and The Images de Guadeloupe Website

Type Drawing

Drawing by O Swartz and The Wikipedia Orchid Website


Common Name The Umbelled Flower Malaxis

Flower Size small

Found in in Cuba, Jamaica, the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and Venezuela at elevations of 400 to 1300 as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, fleshy, basally somewhat thickened inot a pseudobulb stem enveloped by 2 to 3, imbricating, herbaceous sheaths and carrying 2, auriculate, opposite to subopposite, rather broadly elliptic to ovate-elliptic, acute, basally contracted into a short, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall through early winter on an elongate, angular, glabrous, to 10" [to 25 cm] long, congested, subumbellate, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Achroanthes umbellulata (Sw.) Greene 1891; Malaxis umbellulata Sw.1806; Microstylis umbelliflora (Sw.) Hitchc. 1893; Microstylis umbellulata (Sw.) Lindl. 1830

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as Microstylis umbelliflora; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Primera Parte Foldats 1969 drawing good; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 photo fide;