Malaxis schliebenii (Mansf.) Summerh. 1951 Drawing by Judi Stone 1995

Drawing 1984 Drawing by Susan Hillier/Cribb

Full shadeWarm LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name Schlieben's Malaxis [German original collector of type 1900's]

Flower Size .25" [6 mm]

Found in Zaire, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania in deciduous woodlands in sandy soils or in grasslands amongst rocks at elevations of 900 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing terrrestrial with a creeping, slender but swollen below rhizome giving rise to a horizontal white tuber giving rise to an erect, very short stem carrying mostly 2, spreading, thin, ovate, obtuse leaveds that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, erect, slender, 1.6 to 33.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, 5 to 8 flowered inflorescence with subulate floral bracts and carrying flat, transluscent, pale yellow green flowers.

Synonyms Kornasia schliebenii (Mansf.) Szlach. 1995; *Microstylis schliebenii Mansf. 1933;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing ok; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 2 Cribb 1984 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide