Malaxis lunifera (J.J.Sm.) Seidenf. 1978 SECTION Crepidium Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool

Common Name The Moon-Shaped Malaxis

Flower Size .23" [5.3 mm]

Found in Thailand and western Sumatra in montane forests at elevations around 1500 to 1700 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with close set pseudobulbs carrying 4 to 6, obliquely lanceolate-elliptic, acuminate, acute, purple beneath, petiolate base leaves that blooms on an erect, terminal, twice as long as the leaves, peduncle to 4.4 to 7.4" [11 to 18.5 cm] long, dirty violet, rachis to 6.8" to 7.6" [17 to 19 cm] long, angular, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Crepidium luniferum (J.J.Sm.) Szlach. 1995; *Microstylis lunifera J.J.Sm. 1928

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 nr 1 Orchids of Thailand VII Oberonia & Malaxis Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001