Malaxis saprophyta (King & Pantl.) Tang & F.T.Wang 1951 SECTION Crepidium

Drawing by Pradhan

Common Name The Saprophytic Malaxis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Sikkim India at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with a globose tuber giving rise to an erect stem with a few distant bracts that blooms in the summer on a 1 to 6" [2.5 to 15 cm] long, laxly several flowered inflorescence with lanceolate as long as to somewhat longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Crepidium saprophytum (King & Pantl.) A.N.Rao 2000; *Microstylis saprophyta King & Pantl. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Microstylis saprophytica drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 #3 1979 as Microstylis saprophylla drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002;