Malaxis balabacensis Ames 1911 SECTION Pseudoliparis Photo by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Hot Warm Summer

Common Name The Balabac Malaxis [An Island of the Philippines just north of northernmost Borneo]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in the Phillipines, Sumatra and Malaysia at elevations around 300 to 700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with an closely spaced, somewhat leterally compressed pseudobulb, carrying about 4 to 5, obliquely ovate, rounded basally, the largest uppermost, petiolate below into the base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, narrowly winged, peduncle 1.24 to 2.4" [3.1 to 6 cm] long, laxly, successively 2 to 3, to 20 flowered inflorescence with narrowly lanceolate, acute, reflexed floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, orange flowers.

Synonyms Crepidium balabacense (Ames) Szlach. 1995; Crepidium inexspectatum (J.J.Sm.) Szlach. 1995; Malaxis inexpectata (J.J.Sm.) Comber 2001; *Microstylis inexspectata J.J.Sm. 1928; Pseudoliparis balabacensis (Ames) Marg. & Szlach. 2000; Pseudoliparis inexspectata (J.J.Sm.) Marg. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001 without basionym page non invalid as Malaxis inexpectata; Gard. Bull. Singapore 57: 263 - 267 Jutta & Faridah 2005 as M inexpectata drawing fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia O'Byrne, Ong, Yong and Saw 2011 as Malaxis inexpectata photo fide;