Malaxis rostratula Dressler 2004 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

TYPE Drawing by Robert Dressler


Common Name The Beaked Malaxis

Flower Size

Found in Chiriqui province of Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1400 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing terrestrial or epiphyte with ovoid-elliptic, exposed pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, broadly ovate, short acuminate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later summer on an erect, peduncle to 5.6" [14 cm] long, rachis to .6" [1.5 cm] long, subumbellate, several flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute floral bracts and carrying pale green flowers.

"This species has very small flowers that are reminiscent of both Malaxis aurea and M. simillima, but the lip is shorter, proportionately deeper and more abruptly beaked. The beak is much shorter than that of M. simillima, with the mid-lobule only about 0.5 mm long. At present the species is known only from the region of Cerro Colorado, a mountain that is badly cut over and may yet become the site of a copper mine. The epithet rostratula, from rostrata, or beaked, with the diminutive suffix .ula, refers to its small size and the abrupt beak at the apex of the lip." Robert Dressler 2003;


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 24(2): 141-143. Dressler 2003 drawing fide;

* LANKESTERIANA 4(1): 97. Dressler 2004

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:143 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide