Malaxis woodsonii L.O.Williams 1939 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Drawing by Blanche Ames and The Plant Illustration Website


Common Name Woodson's Malaxis [American Botanist in Central America 1900's]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Chiriqui province of Panama in montane forests at elevations of 1500 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a short, cormous stem enveloped by leaf sheaths and carrying 2 apical, broadly ovate, obtuse to acute, crenulate to obscurely serrate margins, membranaceous, abruptly narrowing leaves that blooms in the late summer on a terminal, erect, subumbellate, many flowered inflorescence with triangullar-subulate, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small flowers.

In many respects similar to M licatiae and M nidiae but differs in the lateral sepals free to the base." Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 26: 281 L O Williams 1939

The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide;

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:121 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide