Malaxis elliptica A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845

Plant and Flower in situ Mexico

photo by © The Lista De Orquideas Mexicanas Website

deep ShadeCool Cold LATER Spring EARLIER Summer

Common Name The Elliptic Malaxis [refers to the leaf shape]

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras on rocky, seasonally moist slopes in pine, oak or mixed pine - oak elevations of 1000 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a fusiform corm giving rise to an erect stem covered basally by apparently 2 to 4 leafless sheaths and carrying above a single narrowly ovate to more commonly ovate, broadly ovate, occasionally elliptic, obtuse to acute leaf that blooms in the later spring through earlier summer on an erect, racemose, initially subcorymbose, becoming elongate, more or less densely several to many flowerd inflorescence with subulate floral bracts and carrying the flowers held towards the apex in a spiraling whorl.

Synonyms Malaxis salazarii Catling 1990; Microstylis salazarii (Catling) Szlach. & Marg. 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Orquídea (Méx.) 12(1): 93-104 Catling .1990 as M salazari drawing/photo fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 as M salazarii drawing fide/photo ok; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo hmm; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as M salazarii