Malaxis domingensis Ames 1922 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Photo by Julio A Larrimendi

Deep ShadeHotWarmSpringSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Santo Domingo Malaxis

Flower Size

Found in Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic at elevations of 200 to 600 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with 2, dissimilar, plicate, lowermost elliptic-ovate, narrowing blowinto a broad sulcate, petiolate base, upper one ovate-lanceolate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, terminal, peduncle, slender, elongate, naked, rachis 1.2 to 3.2" [3 to 8 cm] long, inflorescence [19 cm] long overall, laxly, successively 4 to many flowered inflorescence with minute, triangular, much shorter than the pedicels floral bracts.

Similar to M spicata but M domingensis differs in the ciliolate margin to the lip, and in the longer pedicel .52" [1.3 cm], of the flower, similar to M leonardii but sepaated by the sagittate ciliolate lip with large basasl auricles, from M excavata by its larger nearly opposite leaves and in its distinctly tridentate apex of the lip. M major is also similar but is separable by the form of the lip.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orchidaceae 7: 156 Ames 1922;

The Orchids of Cuba Laramendi and Llamacho 2005 photo fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:113 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide