Malaxis nana C.Schweinf. 1938 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Photos by © M. A. Blanco & O. Pérez. and The Research gate Website


Common Name The Small Malaxis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in very wet and pluvial forests at elevations around 800 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with fusiform to ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2, ovate, shortly acuminate, petiolate base, clasping leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, erect, .6 to 1.04" [1.5 to 2.6 cm] long, subumbellate, many flowered inflorescence withtriangular-subulate, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pale green with chestnut, resupinate flowers.

"Similar to M lankesteri and M brachyrhynchos in the entire unlobed lip but is separated in the middle lobe of he lip is prominent and measures 3/5 to 2/3's of the length of the lip. The other 2 have the lip middle lobe much shorter being 1.9 to 1/7th the length of the lip." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023

SynonymsReferences W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 5: 89 C Schweinfurth 1938

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

LANKESTERIANA 14(2): 109—114. Perez-Escobar & Blanco 2014 drawing/photo fide;

Molecular phylogenetics, evolution of sexual systems and historical biogeography of Darwin's favourite orchids (Catasetinae) and swan orchids (Cycnoches Lindl.) Oscar Alejandro Pérez-Escobar 2016 photo fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:118 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide