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 Mozambique: Malaxis
Flora of Zambia: Malaxis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Malaxis

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Malaxis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Malaxis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Malaxis
Wikipedia: Malaxis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Malaxis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Malaxis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Malaxis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=429, retrieved 24 March 2023

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