Malaxis brevis Dressler 2004 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

TYPE Collection sheet

TYPE Drawing/TYPE Collection Sheet by Robert Dressler


Common Name The Short Malaxis

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Chiriqui department of Panama in montane rainforest at elevations of 2400 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with .6" [1.5 cm] between each ovoid-ellipsoid pseudobulb carrying 2, ovate, acute to acuminate, petiolaate base leaves that blooms in the late spring on an erect, peduncle 2.8 to 8" [7 to 20 cm] long, rachis to .6" [1.5 cm] long, subumbellate, several dflowered inflorescence with triangulat to uncinate, acute to acuminate floral bracts and carrying pale to yellowish green flowers.

"This species resembles tiny Malaxis hastilabia, with the basal auricles varying from deltoid to uncinate. When the auricles are uncinate (as in M. hastilabia), the flowers may be distinguished from those of M. hastilabia both by their small size and by the very short cavities, with respect to the surface distal to the cavities. The epithet brevis, or short, refers to the short lip as compared to M. hastilabia and most other species." Dressler 2003


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 24(2): 141-143. Dressler 2003 drawing fide;

* LANKESTERIANA 4(1): 97. Dressler 2004

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:150 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide