Medium Malaxis
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Medium Malaxis
P Native Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Medium Malaxis
Botanical name: Malaxis intermedia    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Malaxis stocksii, Liparis intermedia, Seidenfia intermedia

Medium Malaxis is a slender terrestrial orchid, 10-12 cm high; stem non-pseudobulbous. Flowers are borne at branch-ends, in racemes 8-12 cm long; floral bracts 0.3-0.5 cm long, lanceshaped. Flowers are 0.4-0.5 cm across. Sepals and petals 0.3-0.4 cm long, lanceshaped, deflexed. Lip is broader than long, 0.15-0.2 x 0.25-0.3 cm, pectinate on margins. Pollinia 4, in groups of 2. Flower-stalk with ovary 0.2-0.3 cm long. Leaves are 4-8 x 0.8-2 cm, broadly ovate-lanceshaped, tapering at tip, sheathing at base, stalkless, 5-ribbed, plicate. Medium Malaxis is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: June-September.

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

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