Malaxis chevalieri Summerh. 1934

Drawing by Darius Szlatchetko

Deep shade Warm LATE Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name Chevalier's Malaxis [French Orchid Collector earlier 1900's]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria, Chad and the Central African Republic in grassy savannahs with bushes at elevations below 800 meters as a small sized, warm growing terrestrial with an erect stem enveloped completely by 2 to 3, imbricate, trangular, acute sheaths and carrying 3, oval, acute, 5 nerved, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, erect, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, slender, peduncle elongate, provided with 3 to 5, linear, acute bracts, in a false umbel, successively 5 to 6, many flowered inflorescence with linear, apicaulate floral bracts and carrying nonresupinate flowers.

Synonyms Kornasia chevalieri (Summerh.) Szlach. 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Kornasia chevalieri drawing fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide;