Malaxis acianthoides (Schltr.) Ames 1922

TYPE Photos of M pollardii by © Greenwood and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Acianthus-Like Malaxis

Flower Size .2” [.5 cm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico and Guatemala at elevations of 2400 to 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with a subterranean, ovaois, somewhat flattened corm giving rise to an erect, stem carrying 2" [5 cm] above a solitary, almost horizontal, sub-orbicular-cordiform, obtuse-rounded to acute, generally lightly concave towards the apex, slightly reticulate above, 3 main nerved below, dark green, undulate margined leaves with a pale green petiole that blooms in the summer and early fall on an erect, 3" [7.5 cm] long, racemose, successively few, 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate, pale green flowers

Synonyms Malaxis pollardii L.O.Williams 1975; *Microstylis acianthoides Schltr. 1918;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI *Orquidea [Mexico City] n.s., 9: 144 Hagsater & R.González 1983 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018