Malaxis resupinata (G.Forst.) Kuntze 1891Photo by The Cook Islands Biodiversity Website

Full shade int Warm LATESpringSummer

Common Name The Resupinate Malaxis

Flower Size .25" [6mm]

Found in New Guinea? Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Wallis & Futuna, Niue, Cook Islands, Santa Cruz Islands and Tubuai and French Polynesia in rainforests at sea level to 500 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a creeping rhizome giving rise to an erect, fleshy leafy stem carrying obliquely ovate, acute, pale green, wavy margined, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, erect, purple, 8.4 to 18" [21 to 45 cm] long, laxly to densely many flowered inflorescence. Cribb says the flowers are non-resupinate but that would contradict the scientific name?

Synonyms Crepidium plantagineum (Hook. & Arn.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1996; Crepidium resupinatum (G.Forst.) Szlach. 1995; *Epidendrum resupinatum G.Forst. 1786; Malaxis rheedei Sw. 1800; Microstylis resupinata (G.Forst.) Drake 1892; Microstylis rheedei (Sw.) Lindl. 1830; Pterochilus plantagineus Hook. & Arn. 1832; Seidenfia rheedei (Sw.) Szlach. 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Botanisk Tiddskrift Bind 73 Heft 2 Basaala Poulou Maravara and its allies Notes on Some Malaxis species. Seidenfaden 1973 Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #13 753 - 819 Liparinae 1983 as M rheedii drawing fide; Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bouganville Lewis & Cribb 1991; Native Orchids of New Caledonia SNCO 1995 as M sp photo fide; Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Seidenfia rheedii