Malaxis amplexicolumna E.W.Greenw. & R.González 1981

TYPE Photo by © Greenwood and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Hugging Wide Column Malaxis [Refers to the pressed folds of the lip touching the wide column]

Flower Size

Found in Mexico and Guatemala in open Pine/oak forests on rocks at elevations around 2050 meters as a medium sized, cold grwowing lipotphyte with a small, oblique, shortly ovoid to sub-spherical corm that gives rise to a stem carrying at a heigth of 8 to 13" a single, petiolate, sub-erect, ovate, sub-acute rounded, thick, rigid, coriaceous, somewhat arcuate beneath, transluscent almost white, , finely reticulate above leaf with a tubular, cylindrical, slightly oval petiole that blooms in the late summer and fall on a thin scape, [33 cm] long, terminating in a racemose, densely sub-capitate, 2.4" [6 cm] long, successively few, many flowered inflorescence wth almost horizontal, basally fleshy, widely canaliculate above, acute floral bracts carrying more or less resupinate, very small flowers .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI *Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7: 223 Dressler 1979 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018