Malaxis rupestris (Poepp. & Endl.) Kuntze 1891 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Drawing by © Poeppig. & Endlinger

Common Name The Small Malaxis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Vernezuela and Peru with no locational data as a small sized delicate terrestrial with ovoid- elongate pseudobulbs enveloped by scarious sheaths and carrying 2, subopposite in the lower third of the plant, ovate-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, membraneous, cuneate below into the sessile base leaves that blooms on an erect, 7.6 to 11.6" [19 to 29 cm] long, rachis .4" [1 cm] long, subumbellate, dense, many flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small flowers.

"Can be confused with both M moritzii but has smaller flowers and a suborbicular vs ovate- triangular or cordate in general outline." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Nov. Gen. Sp. Pl. 2: 8 Poepp. & Endl. 1836 as Microstylis rupestris;

* Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 673 Kuntze 1891 as Microstylis rupestris

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:123 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide