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 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 at elevations of 1200 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid 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; *Microstylis versicolor Lind. 1830; Seidenfia versicolor (Lindl.) Marg. & Szlach. 2001; Seidenfia versicolor (Lindl.) M.R.Almeida 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Seidenfia versicolor

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