Malaxis elmeri Ames 1908 SECTION Crepidium

TYPE Drawing by Oakes Ames


Common Name Elmer's Malaxis [Amerian Botanist and Collector of the type 1900's]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found on northern Luzon of the Philippines without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing lithophyte with a short stem carrying 2, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse to acute, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring on an erect to 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long overall, peduncle 2 to 3.8" [5 to 9 cm] long, rachis .15 to .4" [.4 to 1 cm] long, laxly, 4 to 12 flowered inflorescence with triangular-linear, acute bracts and carrying greenish flowers.

M elmeri is similar to M williamsii but has largeer flowers and a relatively widder mid lobe of the lip. The minute teeth of the lateral lobes are very variable and may be absent from either lobe.

Synonyms Crepidium elmeri (Ames) Szlach. 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae 2: 126 Ames 1908 drawing fide;