Malaxis obovata (J.J.Sm.) Ames & C.Schweinf. 1920 SECTION Crepidium

Plant Photos by James B Comber and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria


Common Name The Obovate Malaxis [refers to the petals]

Flower Size .15" [3.3 mm]

Found in western Java in humid forests at elevations of 400 to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a creeping base, thick, fleshy stem carrying to 10, 3 main veined, wide green striped, irridescent bronze, undulate leavse that blooms in the later summer on an erect, terminal, square in cross-sectoin, to 6" [15 cm] long, to 25 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Crepidium obovatum (J.J.Sm.) Szlach. 1995; *Microstylis obovata J.J.Sm. 1903

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm 1905 as Microstylis obovata; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren J.J.Sm 1908 as Microstylis obovata drawing fide; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide