Malaxis curvatula (Schltr.) P.F. Hunt 1970 SECTION Crepidium Type Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Warm Cool Fall

Common Name The Most Curved Malaxis [refers to the slightly pendent inflorescence]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a very short rhizome giving rise to an erect, short stem carrying 2 to 4, erect-patent to erect, obliquely elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, acute to subacuminate with a thin apicule, glabrous, narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a curved, thin, 1.2" [3 cm] long, laxly 5 to 9 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are orange yellow with a dark blue green column apex.

Synonyms Crepidium curvatulum (Schltr.) Szlach 1995; *Microstylis curvatula Schltr. 1911; Pseudoliparis curvatula (Schltr.) Szlach. & Marg. 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 as Microstylis curvatula Drawing fide;