Malaxis brachyrrhynchos (Rchb.f.) Ames 1922 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

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Photo by © Edouard Faria

Full ShadeCoolCold Spring

Common Name The Short-Beaked Malaxis

Flower Size .24 to .32” [6 to 8 mm]

Found in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Chiriqui province of Panama in wet montane, pine oak forests in humus and lava flows at elevations of 1800 to 2300 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with thick, subterranean pseudobulbs enveloped completely by scarious sheaths and giving rise to 2, opposite, acute, dark green above and lighter green below, petiolate, basally clasping on the middle of the floral scape and blooming in the spring on a terminal, to 12" [30 cm] long, green, hexagonal, racemose, sub-umbellate, densely many flowered inflorescence with subulate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms *Microstylis brachyrrhynchos Rchb.f. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Flora 71: 152 Rchb.f 1888 as Microstylis brachyrhynchos;

* Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 35: 84 Ames 1922

Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide;

Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol III Hamer 1981 drawing hmm;

Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 833 Hamer 1983 drawing fdie;

Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide;

Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo good;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2006 photo fide;

Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:119 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide