Malaxis pittieri (Schltr.) Ames 1922 SECTION Malaxis

Drawing by Blanche Ames and The Epidendra Website


Common Name Pittier's Malaxis [Swiss Botanist in Venezuela later 1800's-1900's]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Panama province of Panama in wet montane forests at elevations of 2100 to 2260 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrrestrial with short, fleshy to cormus stems carrying a single, apical, broadly ovate-cordate, acute to short-acuminate, membraneacous, cordate below into the base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, to 3.6" [9 cm] long, sublax, many flowered inflorescence with triangular, acute, much shorter than teh pedicellate ovary.

"Similar to Malaxis maianthemifolia but has a pentangular lip vs triangular to saggitate lip. It is also a slightly smaller plant with a smaller leaf, shorter inflorescence but the flower segments are the same.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 35: 84 Ames 1922;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 12: 203 Schlechter 1913 as Microstylis pittieri;

The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:108 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide