Malaxis josephiana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891Photo by Anon and The Blue Nanta Website

Full shade WarmSpring

Common Name Joseph's Malaxis [J.D. Hooker English Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size .4" to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm]

Found in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan and Nepal in tropical valleys at elevations of 500 to 830 meters as a small sized, warm growing terrestrial with a compressed, filiform, pseduobulbous stem enveloped by broad, acuminate, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 3 to 5, plicate, oblong-lanceolate to elliptic-ovate, purple brown above, green beneath, wavy margined, slightly oblique, acute, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, racemose, laxly 6 to 12 flowered, glabrous, deeply ridged, 2 to 4.4" [5 to 11 cm] long inflorescence with lanceolate, reflexed floral bracts.

Synonyms Crepidium josephianum (Rchb.f.) Marg. 2002; *Microstylis josephiana Rchb.f. 1878

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as Microstylis josephiana drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Microstylis josephiana; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as Crepidium josephianum; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 as Crepidium josephianum drawing/photo fide

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