Malaxis caracasana (Klotzsch ex Ridl.) Kuntze 1891 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Drawing Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay

Common Name The Caracas Malaxis [The Capital district of Venexuela where the species was discovered]

Flower Size

Found in Caracas Distrito Federal of Venezuela, Antioquia and Putumayo departments of Colombia and Azuay province of Ecuador in montane forest remnants at elevations of 1900 to 2550 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with subcaespitose, pyriform pseudobulbs enveloped by imbrocating sheaths and carrying 2, apical, subopposite, ovate, acute, thin, venation obvious, cuneate to cordate below into the petiolate to subsessile base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, apical, extending beyond the leaves, 8"[20 cm] long, terminated by a subumbelate raceme, densely, many flowered inflorescence and carrying small green flowers

"Similar to M sibundoyensis, but differs in the entire margins of the lip's lateral lobes." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023

Synonyms Malaxis hastilabia subsp. caracasana (Klotzsch ex Ridl.) Marg. 2012 *Microstylis caracasana Klotzsch ex Ridl. 1888;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI

* Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 673 Kuntze 1891; Taxon. Red. Subtribe Malaxidinae: 373 Marg. 2012 as M hastilabia subsp. caracasana;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:114 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide