Malaxis triangularis Dressler 2004

TYPE Drawing by Robert Dressler

Common Name The Triangular Malaxis [refers tothe lip shape]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Veracruz & Chiapas states of Mexico, Queztaltenango department of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with globose-ovoid, subterranean pseudobulbs carrying a single apical, ovate, short acuminate, subcuneate to codate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, peduncle to 6 to 13.2" [15 to 28 cm] long, rachis to 1" [2.5 cm] long, subumbellate, several flowered inflorescence with triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying pale green flowers.

"Central American plants of this species have been identified as Malaxis brachystachys, but that species, of the USA and northern Mexico, has subcircular, apiculate lips. Some Guatemalan material has been identified as M. brachystachys Rchb.f., but that Mexican species has flowers about twice as large and with a proportionately broader lip. In M. triangularis, the lip is triangular (a bit too narrow to be called deltoid) and about half as large as in M. br5chystachys. " Robert Dressler 2003 drawing fide;


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Selbyana 24(2): 141-143. Dressler 2003 drawing fide; *LANKESTERIANA 4(1): 97. Dressler2004