Malaxis versicolor (Lindl.) Abeyw. 1959

Photo by F. Suranjan and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo by Indianature and the Travel Pod Website

Drawing Photo by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full ShadeSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Colorful Malaxis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Assam, India and Sri Lanka in submontane and tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations of 400 to 1900 meters in Sri Lanka and 1200 to 2600 meters in India as a small sized, as either a hot to cool or a cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid depending on its origin with a stem carrying 3 to 5, purplish green, ovate-lanceolate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, 4 to 14" [10 to 35 cm] long, rather dense, many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying yellow tinted purple flowers

Synonyms Corymborkis versicolor (Lindl.) M.R.Almeida 2009; Liparis priochilus Lodd. 1831; Malaxis rheedei B.Heyne ex Wall. 1829; *Microstylis versicolor Lind. 1830; Seidenfia versicolor (Lindl.) Marg. & Szlach. 2001; Seidenfia versicolor (Lindl.) M.R.Almeida 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 #3 1979 as Microstylis versicolor drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 as M rheedii Sw in error [Heyne ex Wall] drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Seidenfia versicolor; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [1]: 2362 Jalal & Jayanth 2018 photo fide