Densely-Flowered Malaxis
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Densely-Flowered Malaxis
P Native Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Densely-Flowered Malaxis
Botanical name: Malaxis densiflora    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Liparis densiflora, Microstylis densiflora, Seidenfia densiflora

Densely-Flowered Malaxis is a terrestrial orchid with pseudo-bulbs. Leaves are 2-3, ovate-lanceshaped to elliptic, pleated, 4-15 x 1-3 cm, base sheathing, tip pointed. Flowers are borne in dense racemes 6-25 cm long; bracts lanceshaped. Flowers are dense, reddish, small, not resupinate. Dorsal sepal lanceshaped, deflexed. Lateral sepals obliquely oblong, deflexed. Lateral petals linear-lanceshaped, margins curved, held like horns. Lip is rhomboid cut like comb, 1-3- lobed, mid-lobe shorter than laterals; anthers 2-celled, pollinia 4, in pairs. Densely-Flowered Malaxis is found in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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