Malaxis maianthemifolia Cham. & Schltdl. 1831


Plant in situ Costa Rica Photo by Walter Schug and His MesoAmerican Orchid Page

Full Shade Cool ColdSummer

Common Name The Maianthemum-Like Malaxis

Flower Size .1" [2mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua in wet montane forests at elevations of 1500 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a subterrranean, suborbicular, thickened corm, a single, elliptic, acute to rounded, gradually narrows below into the conduplicate, elongate, petilate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a erect, 10 3/4" [27 cm] long, many flowered infloresence

Synonyms Achroanthes maianthemifolia (Cham. & Schltdl.) Greene 1891; Dienia cordata (Rchb.f.) Lindl. 1838; Malaxis cochleariifolia A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Malaxis ichthiorhynca A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845; Microstylis cochleariifolia (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Rchb.f. 1850; Microstylis cordata (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1861; Microstylis elegantula Schltr. 1906; Microstylis ichthyorhyncha (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Rchb.f. 1866; Microstylis maianthemifolia (Cham. & Schltdl.) Rchb.f. 1850;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Las Qrquedias de El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as M majanthefolia drawing/photo ok; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as M majanthefolia drawing hmm; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 835 Hamer 1983 as M majanthefolia drawing ok