Malaxis lepidota (Finet) Ames 1922


Plant and Flowers in situ Jalisco Mexico Photos by Edouard Faria

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Common Name The Scaled Malaxis

Flower Size .72" [1.8 cm]

Found in Jalisco, Michoacan, Mexico, Morales, Oaxaca, Vera Cruz and Chiapas states of Mexico and Guatemala in pine oak forests at elevations of 1500 to 1900 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a stem carrying a basal sheath and 2, ovate, obtuse leaves at about the middle and blooms in the summer on a terminal, 2 to 8" [5 to 20 cm] long, loosely few to 25 flowered, racemose inflorescence with narrowly triangular, acute floral bracts and large flowers for the genus bracts

Synonyms Malaxis macrantha Ames 1908; *Microstylis lepidota Finet 1907

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908 as M macrantha drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana McVaugh 1985; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018