Malaxis wendlandii (Rchb.f.) L.O.Williams 1946

Photos by Daniel Jimenez

Plant and Flower

Photos by DanielJimenez, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR


Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay

Deep shadeWarmCool Summer Fall Winter

Common Name or Meaning Wendland's Malaxis [German Orchid Collector in Mexico 1800's]

Flower Size .32" [8mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela at elevations of 1600 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with spherical pseduobulbs enveloped by a net-like whitish sheath and carrying 1 to rarely 2, apical, elliptic, acute gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and winter on a terminal, erect, 2.4" [6 cm] long, racemose, 5 to 8 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Crossoliparis wendlandii (Rchb.f.) Marg. 2009; Leptorchis wendlandii (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; *Liparis wendlandii Rchb.f. 1866

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Epidendra Website CR ;

* Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer.: 98 Rchb.f 1866 sa Liparis wendlandii;

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 669 Kuntze 1891 as Leptorkis wendlandii;

Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 33: 136 L O Williams 1946;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 as Liparis wendlandii;

Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing fide;

Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Liparis wendlandii drawing fide;

The Orchids of El Salvador Hamer Vol 3 1981 as Liparis wendlandii drawing/photo fide;

Selbyana Vol 11 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1990 drawing good;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Acta Soc. Bot. Poloniae 78: 299 Marg. 2009 as Crossoliparis wendlandii;

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Crossoliparis wendlandii;

Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 as Liparis wendlandii drawing/photo fide;

Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:102 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 as Crossoliparis wendlandii; drawing fide