Malaxis buchtienii (Schltr.) Christenson 1996 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Unifoliae Marg.

Drawing by © A Krol

Part Shade Cool LATE Fall EARLY Winter

Common Name John's Malaxis [Original Collector of species early 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Bolivia at elevations around 1600 to 2000 meters as a just small to just medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with ovoid to pyriform, subterranean pseudobulbs carrying a single, erect-patent, ovate to ovate-oblong, subacute to subobtuse, basally rounded below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, peduncle, to 7.2 to 8.8" [18 to 22 cm] long, rachis .2 to .64" [.5 to 1.4 cm] long, subumbellate, congested, densely 30 to 50 flowered inflorescence with oblong-triangular, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to M johniana but but differs in the central cavity of the lip being limbate with a broad, entire, convex rim, laterally merging with the lip lateral margins vs a broad, convex, somewhat flattened rim, laterally not merging with the lip lateral margins." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023

Synonyms Malaxis nasuta (Schltr.) Løjtnant 1977; *Microstylis buchtienii Schltr. 1912; Microstylis nasuta Schltr. 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 10: 449 Schlechter 1912 as Microstylis buchtienii;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 27: 35 Schlechter 1929 as Microstylis nasuta;

Bot. Not. 130: 421 Løjtnant 1977 as Malaxis nasuta;

* Lindleyana 11: 19 Christenson 1996

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:154 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 as M nasuta drawing fide