Malaxis maclaudii (Finet) Summerh.

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Malaxis maclaudii

Picture: Frank Willems
Kasanka National Park, Fibwe.

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Synonyms: Malaxis hirschbergii Summerh.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
A terrestrial herb to 15 cm tall, with creeping rhizome. Leaves 2-3, with bases sheathing the stem, and with petioles up to 2 cm long. Flowers are mauve or lilac in a many-flowered contracted subumbellate inflorescence. A very distinctive species with a short, subumbellate inflorescence.
Type location:
Notes: Rare, but probably overlooked due its small size and brief flowering period.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Riverine forest
Altitude range: 1000 - 1200 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widely distributed in West Africa, extending to D.R.Congo and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,C
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Cribb, P.J. (1978). A synopsis of Malaxis (Orchidaceae) in Africa Kew Bulletin 32(4) Page 738.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 283 - 284.

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

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 110 - 112. as Malaxis hirschbergii (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Malaxis maclaudii
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Malaxis maclaudii
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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 maclaudii., retrieved 3 December 2023

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