Malaxis katangensis Summerh. 1951

Photo by Marcel Lecoufle


Drawing by Darius Szlatchetko

Deep shade Cool LATE Spring Summer EARLIER Fall

Common Name The Katanga Malaxis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing terrestrial with low, onion-shaped pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, pleated, elliptic-oval, subacute, 5 nerved, well above the substratepetiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring, summer through earlier fall on an erect, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long overall, long pedunculate to 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long , provided with 4 small, triangular bracts,successively few, densely many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Lisowskia katangensis (Summerh.) Szlach. 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 as M katangensis var pygmaea; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Liskowskia katangensis drawing fide; Les Orchidees de Cote d'Ivorie Perez-Vera 2003 photo/drawing fide;