Malaxis massonii (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891

Plant and Flowers in situ St Lucia Photos by Roger Graveson and his The Plants of Saint Lucia Webpage

Another Flower Photo by Franck A Maddi and Societe d'Historie Naturelle L'Herminier Photo Site


Common Name or Meaning Masson's Malaxis [English original Collector of species 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Puerto Rico, West Indies, Trinidad and Venezuela in wet mature montane forests at elevations of 50 to 950 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with clustered, conical, fleshy pseudobulbs carrying 2, sub-opposite, glabrous, broadly ovate, glossy, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall through winter on a slender, subumbellate, elongating, successively many flowered inflorescence

Although the photo says M cf massonii it is an exact match to Ackerman's Flora of 1995.

Synonyms *Microstylis massonii Ridl.1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide;