Malaxis quadrata L.O.Williams 1938 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Photo by Alexander Hirtz


Drawing by Dodson/Lindberg Suarez

Part shade Cool Cold LATERSpring

Common Name The 4 Sided Malaxis

Flower Size

Found in Sibundoy department of Colombia and Azuay, Napo and Tungarahua provinces of Ecuador in montane cloud forests at elevations around 1200 to 3100 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with fusiform to ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2, below the plant middle, subopposite, subequal, oblong-ovate to lanceolate, attenuate, acuminate, basally rounded into the distinctly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later spring on an erect, 4.8 to 7.6" [12 to 19 cm] long, rachis .36 to 1.2" [.9 to 3 cm] long, congested, very dense, 20 to 50 flowered inflorescence with triangular-subulate, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying green to yellowish flowers with an orange to yellowish brown lip cavity.

Similar to M sibundoyensis with the apical fimbriate lip.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI

*Lilloa 3: 478 L O Williams 1938

Icones Tropicarum Plantarum Series II Plate 525 Dodson 1989 drawing fide;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:120 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide