Malaxis porphyrea (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891

Plant and Flowers in situ Arizona Photos by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cold EARLY Summer EARLYFall

Common Name The Puprle Malaxis

Flower Size .16" [4mm]

Found in New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico in high plateau as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a swollen at the base stem carrying a single, light green, ovate-elliptic, keeled beneath, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer through early fall on an erect, terminal, slender, to 16" [40 cm] long, 65 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate floral bracts carrying reddish purple flowers.

Synonyms Achroanthes porphyrea (Ridl.) Wooton & Standl. 1913; Achroanthes purpurea Greene 1891; Malaxis purpurea Kuntze 1891; *Microstylis porphyrea Ridl. 1888; Microstylis purpurea S.Watson 1883; Tamayorkis porphyrea (Ridl.) Salazar & Soto Arenas 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Native Orchids fo the United Sataes and Canada Luer 1975 as M ehrenbergii photo/drawing fide;