Malaxis khasiana (Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891 SECTION Malaxis

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Plant and Inflorescence

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Drawing by Seidenfaden and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Another Flower?

Full shade Cool ColdSummer

Common Name The Khasia Hills Malaxis [An area of northeastern India] - In China Xi Jing Zhao Lan

Flower Size .08 to .2" " [2 to 5 mm]

Found in Assam, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Yunnan province of China and Thailand in forests in rock crevices at elevations of 1000 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a short, leafy stem carrying 4 to 5, ovate-lanceolate, oblique, acute to acuminate, undulate wavy margins, strongly veined, greenish grey flushed with purple, narrowing below intothe petiollate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a deeply ridged, glabrous, ebracteate, 4.4 to 12" [11 to 30 cm] long, racemose, lax below, dense above, several flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, basally reflexed floral bracts

Synonyms Crepidium khasianum (Hook.f.) Szlach. 1995; *Microstylis khasiana Hook.f. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Microstylis khasiana drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 nr 1 Orchids of Thailand VII Oberonia & Malaxis Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 #3 1979 as Microstylis khasiana drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 leaf only photo hnn; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Crepidium khasianum; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as Crepidium khasianaum photos ok; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 as Crepidium khasianum drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 as Crepidium khasianum photo fide;