Malaxis crispifolia (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Photo by © Ana Maria and her Picasa Photo Orchid Page


Drawing by © Dunsterville and Garay

Full ShadeCool ColdLATESpringSummer

Common Name The Curled Leafed Malaxis

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador in upper montane cloud forests at eleavtions around 1800 to 2600 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with pyriform pseudobulbs enveloped by imbricating leafless becoming leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2, subopposite, ovate, acute, thin, venation obvious, cuneate below to form an elongate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, terminal, to 10" [to 25 cm] long, subumbellate many flowered inflorescence with non-resupinate green flowers.

"Similar to M rosilloi but with smaller flowers less than .2" [5 mm] long, vs .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm] long, in M rosilloi. and the lip cavity is limbate by a distinct, convex crest, highest and M-Shaped at its apical part vs simple distinct, convex veins, apically flattened and barely visibe in m rosilloi. Also similar to M julianii but M crispifolia differs in the acute dorsal sepal vs subobtuse to obtuse in m Julianii. The single veined vs 3 veined latreal sepals andf the smaller lip cavity .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm] vs .44 to .48" [1 to 1.2 cm]." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023

Synonyms Malaxis juliani Foldats 1968; Microstylis crispifolia Rchb.f. 1866

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI


* Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer.: 100 Rchb.f 1866 as Microstylis crispifolia;

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 673 Kuntze 1891

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 drawing ok;

Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 518 Dodson 1989 drawing maybe;

Native Colombian Orchids VOl 6 COS 1998 photo fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:138 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide