Malaxis hoppii (Schltr.) Løjtnant 1977 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Drawing by © A Krol

Part shade Cool Cold LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name Hopp's Malaxis [German Collector in Colombia early 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia, Azuay province of Ecuador and Ancash department of Peru on steep rocky slopes in scrub or in forests at elevations around 1400 to 3800 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with pyriform to ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2 subopposite, the older slightly larger and broader, ovate to oblong-ovate, acuminate, basally rounded into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, rachis .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, congested, very dense, 50 to 60 flowered inflorescence with subulate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small flowers.

Similar to M umbelliflora but differs in the obtuse lip apex or with a minute middle lobule and the central cavity is much larger." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 27: 21 Schlechter 1924 as Microstylis hoppii;

*Bot. Not. 130: 421 Lojtnant 1977

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:144 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide