Malaxis andicola (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Leaves and flowers

Photos by RoCol and the His Flickr Site


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Andes Living Malaxis

Flower Size .25" [6 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Cundinamarca and Putumayo Departments of Colombia, Pinchincha province of Ecuador , Peru and Bolivia and Peru in upper montane grasslands and amongst scrub at elevations of 1500 to 3850 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with caespitose, pyriform psuedobulbs enveloped by imbricate sheaths with the upermost being leaf bearing and carrying 2, subopposite, ovate, acute, thin, venation obvious, cuneate basally in to the elongate, petiolate, imbricate leaves that blooms in the winter, spring, summer and fall on an erect, apical, to 3.4 [8 cm] long, many flowered, subumbellate inflorescence subulate-triangular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

"Recognized by its alternate leaves, hastate lip that is oblong-orbicular in ooutline." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023

Synonyms *Microstylis andicola Ridl. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI

J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 24: 330 Ridl. 1888 as Microstylis andicola;

* Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 673 Kuntze 1891

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing ok;

Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 515 Dodson 1989 drawing ok;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide;

Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:111 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide