FZ.29. Malaxis Sol. ex Sw.

Description of the genus

Malaxis and Liparis are dwarf, mostly terrestrial orchids with creeping rhizomes or fusiform tuberous roots, broad plicate (pleated) leaves and terminal inflorescences, flowering with the leaves. The flowers are small and the lip (the unpaired petal) is without a spur. Malaxis differs from Liparis in having a shorter column without basal auricles of the lip on either side of the column.

Worldwide: C. 300, cosmopolitan.

Malawi: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
katangensis Summerh. var. katangensis N,SDescription, Image
schliebenii (Mansf.) Summerh. N,SDescription, Image
weberbaueriana (Kraenzl.) Summerh.N,SDescription

Other sources of information about Malaxis:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Malaxis
Flora of Mozambique: Malaxis
Flora of Zambia: Malaxis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Malaxis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Malaxis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Malaxis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Malaxis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Malaxis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Malaxis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Malaxis
JSTOR Plant Science: Malaxis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Malaxis
Plants of the World Online: Malaxis
Tropicos: Malaxis
Wikipedia: Malaxis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Malaxis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=429, retrieved 13 April 2024

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