Malaxis cylindrostachya (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891 SECTION Gerontogeae

Plant and Inflorescence

Photos by Pankaj Kumar and The Flora of India Website


Drawing by R Pantling and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cold Summer

Common Name The Cylindric Raceme Malaxis - In China Tong Sui Wu Er Zhao Lan

Flower Size .15" [3.5 mm]

Found in Pakistan?, the western Himalayas, the Chinese Himalayas, the eastern Himalayas and Nepal at elevations of 2200 to 3500 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with small conical tubers giving rise to an erect stem with 2 to 3 basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, subacute, undulate margined leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate bracts

Synonyms *Dienia cylindrostachya Lindl. 1830; Microstylis cylindrostachya (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Microstylis cylindrostachya drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as Microstylus cylindrostachya; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 #3 1979 as Microstylis cylindrostachys; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Dienia cylindrostachya; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 as Dienia cylindrostachya