Malaxis nelsonii Ames 1908

TYPE Drawing by Oakes Ames


Common Name Nelson's Malaxis [American Collector of the type 1900's]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Durango state of Mexico and Guatemala at elevations around 2400 to 2750 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 2, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse to subacute, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the later summer on an erect, to 17.2" [43 cm] long overall, rachis to 4.8" [12 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with triangular, acute floral bracts.

Similar to M ochreata but M nelsonii differs in having a trulliform lip while M ochreata has a saggitate lip


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae 2: 264 Ames 1908 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018