Malaxis yanganensis Dodson 1994 SECTION Umbellatae SERIES Umbellatae

Drawing by Calaway Dodson

Full shade Cool Cold

Common Name The Yangana Malaxis [A town in southern Ecuador]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an erect, stout, pseudobulbous stem enveloped completely by an acuminate sheath and carrying 2, apical, suborbicular to ovate, acuminate, abruptly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, 6.8" [17 cm] long, rachis .4" [1 cm] long, densely, subumbellate, many flowered inflorescence with small green flowers.

Similar to M M excavata but the leaves are broadly ovate vs narrowly ovate and the apex of the lip is retuse and 4 lobulate versus sharply three lobed. Also similar to M panamensis but differs in the smaller lip [2 x 1.2 mm] vs 3.5 x 4mm] , and the form , rectangular versus oblong-triangular.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Orquideologia 19: 59 Dodson 1994

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide

Materials to the Orchid Flora of Colombia Vol IV:135 Szlatchetko & Kolanowska 2023 drawing fide