Malaxis orbicularis (W.W. Sm. & Jeffrey) T. Tang & F.T. Wang 1951 SECTION Crepidium

Photo courtesy of David Kuehn


Common Name or Meaning The Circular Malaxis - In China Chi Chun Zhao Lan

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in northern Thailand as well as Yunnan Province of China in forests as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial at elevations of 1350 to 2100 meters with an erect stem carrying a few basal elliptic, acute leaves. This one is blooming and photographed in situ in June of 2001 on an erect, to 14" [to 35 cm] long, several to many [20+] flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Crepidium orbiculare (W.W.Sm. & Jeffrey) Seidenf. 1997; *Microstylis orbicularis W.W. Sm. & Jeffrey 1916; Microstylis tenebrosa Rolfe ex Downie 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing/photo fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 33 nr 1 Orchids of Thailand VII Oberonia & Malaxis Seidenfaden 1978 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as Crepidium orbiculare; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 as Crepidium orbiculare drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 as Crepidium orbiculare photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 as Crepidium orbiculare photo fide;