Malaxis thienii Dodson 1994 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Drawing by Calaway Dodson

Full shadeCold

Common Name Thien's Malaxis [American Botanist current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia and Cotopaxi province of Ecuador at elevations 2300 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect, stout, ovoid-elliptic stem enveloped completely by 2, acute, lowermost inflated sheaths and carrying 2, apical, cordate, acuminate, abruptly narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the earlier winter on a terminal, erect, 7.2" [18 cm] long, rachis .4" [1 cm] long, subumbellate, densely, many flowered inflorescence with triangular-ovate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small flowers.

Similar to M excavata but differs in the subcordate leaf bases versus rounded, acute petals vs obtuse and 2 to 3 veined, rarely single veined lateral sepals." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Orquideologia 19: 57 Dodson 1994;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:130 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide