Malaxis muscifera (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891SECTION Gerontogeae

Photo by Naresh Swami and hid The Orchids of Sikkim Himalaya Website

Plant and Flowers in situ


Drawing by R Pantling and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade CoolCold Summer

Common Name The Fly Bearing Malaxis

Flower Size .15 to 1.6" [3 to 4 mm]

Found in Pakistan?, the western Himalayas, the Chinese Himalayas, the eastern Himalayas and Nepal at elevations of 1800 to 3600 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an ovoid pseudobulb carrying 2, subopposite, unequal, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, sheathing to shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, to 10" [25 cm] long, laxly several to many flowered, ebracteate inflorescence carrying non-resupinate flowers

Synonyms .Dienia muscifera Lindl. 1830; Microstylis muscifera (Lindl.) Ridl. 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Microstylis muscifera drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 #3 1979 as Microstylis muscifera drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015