Malaxis taurina (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

Drawing Photos by Brieger/Drawing by Schlechter

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Plant and Flowers?Photos by Takato NATSU from Japan and his Japan Orchids Page

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Common Name The Horned Malaxis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa and Vanuatu in montane forests at elevations of 300 to 800 meters as a miniature to medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial or lithophyte with short, erect, fleshy stems carrying 3 to 4, ovate-elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, acute, narrowing below into the slender petiolate base leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, erect, 3 to 6" [7.5 to 15 cm] long, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with small flowers

Synonyms Crepidium glabrum (Kraenzl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1996; Crepidium polyphyllum (Ridl.) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 1996; Crepidium taurinum (Rchb.f.) Szlach. 1995; Goodyera glabra Kraenzl.1929; Malaxis polyphylla (Ridl.) Kuntze 1891; Microstylis polyphylla Ridl. 1888; Microstylis procera Kraenzl. 1929; *Microstylis taurina Rchb.f. 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Microstylis taurina; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 3 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas Liferung #13 753 - 819 Liparinae 1983 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989 drawing fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe Neo-Caledonnienne d'Orchidophilie 1995 photo fide; Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 photo good; Taxonomic Revision of the Subtribe Malaxidinae Margonska 2012 photo fide;