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

Drawing by Blanche Ames and The Epidendra Website


Common Name Werckle's Malaxis [German Orchid Collector in Central America late 1800's - early 1900's]

Flower Size .15" [3.7mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Chiriqui province of western Panama in wet montane forests at elevations of 1130 to 2000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrrestrial with short, cormous stems enveloped by scarious leaf sheaths and carrying 2, apical, ovate-lanceolate to broadly ovate to suborbicular, acute to acuminate, membraneous, gradually narrowing below in to the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, erect, short, subumbellate, many flowered, racemose inflorescence.

Separated from M yanganensis and M panamensis by the minutely denticulate lip.

Synonyms Malaxis parthoni var. denticulata (Rchb.f.) Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf. 1934; Microstylis parthoni var. denticulata Rchb.f. 1866; *Microstylis wercklei Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer.: 100 Rchb.f 1866 as Microstylis parthoni var denticulata;

Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 382 Schlechter 1918; as Microstylis werklei;

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

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 3: 40 Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf. 1934 as M parthoni var denticulata;

The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as M parthonii var denticulata;

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

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

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:134 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide