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

Part Shade Warm Cool Fall

Common Name The Kidney Shaped Lip Malaxis

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a long rhizome giving rise to an elongate, ascending apically, densely leafy stem carrying erect-patent, obliquely ovate-lanceolate, acute to subacute, more or less undulate margins, glabrous, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a graceful, strict to substrict, angled, glabrous, to 2.4" [6 cm] long, subdensely several to many flowered inflorescence with deflexed, narrowly-lanceolate, acute, usually longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are dark purple with longish green transparent spots on the petals.

Synonyms Crepidium nephroglossum (Schltr.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1996; Fingardia nephroglossa (Schltr.) Szlach. 1995; *Microstylis nephroglossa Schltr. 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 as Microstylis nephroglossa Drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Fingardia nephroglossa;