Malaxis moritzii (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Photo by Alexander Moran


Drawing by Dunsterville and Garay

Part Shade Cool

Common Name Moritz' Malaxis [German Orchid Collector in Venezuela later 1800's]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1100 to 4000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with elliptic-ovate pseudopbulbs carrying 2, ventrally shiny, dorsally greyer and rather dull, mid nreve sulcate, dorsally ribbed, broadly elliptic, acute to acuminate leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, peduncle to 6.8" [17 cm] long, angled, rachis short, spirally arranged, subumbellate, many flowered inflorescence with pale, lanceolate, triangular to triangular-ovate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying very small green flowers.

Synonyms Malaxis termensis (Kraenzl.) C.Schweinf. 1941; *Microstylis moritzii Ridl. 1888; Microstylis termensis Kraenzl. 1905

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 24: 330 Ridley 1888 as Microstylis moritzii

* Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 673 Kuntze 1891

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 1: 91 Kraenzl. 1905 as Microstylis termensis;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 10: 33 C Schweinfurth 1941 as M termensis;

Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Primera Parte Foldats 1969 drawing good;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville ^ Garay 1976 drawing fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:125 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide