Mesoamerican Orchid Novelties 4, Malaxis


new species

How to Cite

Dressler, R. L. (2003). Mesoamerican Orchid Novelties 4, Malaxis. Selbyana, 24(2), 141–143. Retrieved from


Four new species of Malaxis have appeared during preparation of the Flora Mesoamericana and are described and illustrated. Malaxis brevis is a small-flowered species collected several times in western Panama. It resembles M. hastilabia, but the much smaller flowers have a very short lip with short cavities. Malaxis insperata, from Nicaragua, superficially resembles M. brachyrrhynchos, with an entire, obtuse lip, but has conic-ovoid pseudobulbs, rather than globose subterranean corms. Malaxis rostratula is quite small-flowered, and known only from Cerro Colorado, in Panama. Its diminutive lip has a very short, 3-lobed beak. Malaxis triangularis ranges from Mexico to El Salvador and has been misidentified as M. corymbosa (S. Wats.) Kuntze, a northern species with wider, deeply concave lips.


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