Malaxis bancanoides Ames 1908

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Oakes Ames

Full Shade WarmCool SummerFall

Common Name The Bancan-Like Malaxis - In Japan - Iriomote hime-ran - In China Lan Yu Zhao Lan

Flower Size .15" [4mm]

Found in Japan, the Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand and Sulawesi in dense forests and along streamsides at elevations around 300 to 600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with slender, terete, greenish tinged with purple stems with new shoots that arise from the middle and carrying 4 to 9, green and flushed with purple, obliquely elliptic, acute, decurrent below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a green to purplish, 5 to 6 ridged, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence

CAUTION Does not conform well with some of the references that I have available to me, so use with caution. The Type drawing by Ames is absolutely correct!

Synonyms Crepidium bancanoides (Ames) Szlach. 1995; Crepidium macgregorii (Ames) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1996; Crepidium mindanaense (Ames) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1996; Malaxis macgregorii Ames 1911; Malaxis mindanaensis Ames 1912; Malaxis miyakei (Schltr.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951; Malaxis roohutuensis (Fukuy.) K.Nakaj 1972; Microstylis iriomotensis Masam. 1934; Microstylis miyakei Schltr 1911; Microstylis roohutuensis Fukuy. 1932

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae 2: 129 Ames 1908 drawing fide; Botanisk Tidsserift 67: 76-127 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand IV Seidenfaden 1972 drawing good; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing OK; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981 as M macgregorii; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Crepidium bancanoides; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as Crepidium bancanoides photos fide;