Malaxis tonduzii (Schltr.) Ames 1922 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

TYPE Drawing by Ames and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Tonduz's Malaxis [Swiss Botanist and Orchid Collector in Central America early 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica in pluvial oak forests at 2000 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with fusiform pseudobulbs, with .6" [1.5 cm] between each and carrying 2, ovate to lanceolate, acute to acuminate, somewhat criped margins, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, erect, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, umbellate, many flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate, small flowers.

Similar to M mucronulata but M tonduzii differs in the distinctly smaller cavity. Also similar to Malaxis hieronymi but distinguished by the lip middle lobe consisting 1/5 to 1/4 the length vs 1/3." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska

Synonyms *Microstylis tonduzii Schltr. 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 3: 106 Schlechter 1906 as microstylis tonduzii;

* Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 35: 85 Ames 1922

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:137 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide