Malaxis katangensis Summerh.
var. pygmaea (Summerh.) P.J.Cribb

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Common names:
Frequency: very rare
Status: Native
Dwarf, mostly terrestrial orchid 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.
Type location:
Zambia, Mwinilunga
Notes: Red data status: VU D2
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Worldwide distribution: Only known from a single collection in Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Cribb, P.J. (1978). A synopsis of Malaxis (Orchidaceae) in Africa Kew Bulletin 32(4) Pages 739 - 740.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 283.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 122.

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Malaxis katangensis var. pygmaea., retrieved 3 December 2023

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