Malaxis carlos-parrae Szlach. & Kolan. 2013 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Comparison drawing between M carlosparrae and Malaxis excavata

TYPE Drawing by Szlatchetko

Part shade Cold LATERFall

Common Name Carlos Para's Malaxis [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia in forests at elevations around 1900 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with pseudobulbs carrying 2, ovate, acute, membraneous, subsessile base leaves that blooms in the later fall on an erect, 4" [10 cm] long, rachis .2" [.5 cm] long, subumbellate dense, many flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carring small, non resupinate flowers.

Similar to M excavata but easily separated by the obscurely 3 lobed lip with the middle lobe longest, triangular and caute. Both lateral lobes are weakly developed and are rounded at the apex. Along the major part of the lip two cavities can be observed. They are more or less 2/3's of the length of the whole lip and are very normal, terminated by a kind of prominent roof with an ereose margin. The basal lip auricles are triangular, widely spread and shortly apiculate. All sepals are obscurely 3 veined and the laterals are obliquely elliptic with somewhat erose apical margin." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI

* Pl. Syst. Evol. 300: 241 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2013 drawing fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:129 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide