Malaxis aurea Ames 1923

Plant and Flowers in situ Costa Rica

Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of the Epidendra Website CR

Full Shade Hot Cool Summer Fall

Common Name The Golden Malaxis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica at elevations around 200 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with a stem carrying at midstem, a single, suborbicular, obtuse, parrellel to the substrata, basally clasping leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, 4" [10 cm] long, umbellate, several flowered inflorescence holding the flowers in an apical, successively flowered whorl.

Synonyms Microstylis guatemalensis Schltr.1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; . Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correll 1952; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo ok; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 832 Hamer 1983 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #1 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide