Malaxis commelinifolia (Zoll. & Moritzi) Kuntze 1891 SECTION Commelinoides

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Photo by Mutsuko Nakajima

Deep shade Hot LATECoolFall

Common Name The Commelina Leaf-Like Malaxis

Flower Size .14" [3.5 mm wide]

Found in western Java and Borneo on mossy forests floors, limestone cliffs in lower and hill forests at elevations of sealevel to 1500 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with fleshy, creeping stems carrying 2 rowed, small, ovate, acute, violet centered with broad green margin leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, terminal, 7.2" [18cm] long, 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Crepidium commelinifolium (Zoll. & Moritzi) Szlach. 1995; *Microstylis commelinifolia Zoll. & Moritzi 1844; Platyclinis commelinifolia (Zoll. & Moritzi) Benth. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as Microstylis commelynaefolia; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905 as Microstylis commelinifolia ; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 as Microstylis commelinifolia drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Microstylis commelinifolia; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #13 753 - 819 Liparinae 1983 Photo ok; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo ok; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Beaman, Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 as Crepidium commelinifolium photo ok