Malaxis lobulata L.O.Williams 1939 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Drawing by Calaway Dodson

Full shadeCold WinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Lobed Malaxis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca and Magdalena departments of Colombia at elevations 2000 to 3000 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect, stout stem enveloped completely by 2, acute, lowermost inflated sheaths and carrying 2, apical, cordate, acuminate, abruptly narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, erect, 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis .4" [1 cm] long, densly, held in an apical corymb, many flowered inflorescence with triangular, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to both M fastigiata and M rostratula but separated by the 3 lobulate lip apex vs a 3 dentate lip apex in the other 2." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lilloa 5: 6 L O Williams 1939

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:142 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide