Malaxis melanophylla (Schltr.) P.F.Hunt 1970 Type Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool" Fall

Common Name The Black Leaved Malaxis

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea at elevations around 1200 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to a short, terete, glabrous stem carrying 6 to 8, glossy, dark violet, erect-patent, obliquely elliptic to to lanceolate-elliptic, acuminate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a strict to substrict, thin, angled, glabrous, to 5.2" [13 cm] long, laxly 15 to many flowered inflorescence with deflexed, lanceolate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

Schlechter states that the flowers are olive green with non glossy, dark violet-red tips to the sepals and petals and the lip is reddish in the center.

Synonyms Crepidium melanophyllum (Schltr.) Szlach. 1995; *Microstylis melanophylla Schltr. 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 as Microstylis melanophylla Drawing fide;