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

Full shade Warm" Winter

Common Name The Shiny Malaxis

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea at elevations around 800 meters as a small sized, warm growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to a short, terete, glabrous stem carrying 3 to 4, patent, obliquely ovate-lanceolate, to lanceolate, acute to subacuminate, glabrous, rounded below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on an strict to substrict, angled, glabrous, to 2" [5 cm] long, laxly 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence with deflexed, lanceolate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

Schlechter states that the flowers are initially a pale yello9w becoming orange yellow towards wilting.

Synonyms Crepidium nitidum (Schltr.) Szlach. 1995; *Microstylis nitida Schltr. 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911 as Microstylis nitida Drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #13 753 - 819 Liparinae 1983 drawing fide;