Malaxis schliebenii (Mansf.) Summerh.

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Malaxis schliebenii

Miombo woodland
Lilayi Lodge, Lusaka
Jan 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Malaxis schliebenii

Flower portrait
Miombo woodland
Lilayi Lodge, Lusaka
Jan 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Malaxis schliebenii

Flower profile
Miombo woodland
Lilayi Lodge, Lusaka
Jan 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Microstylis schliebenii Mansf.
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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.
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Habitat: In woodlands, often in large colonies
Altitude range: 600 - 1300 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, DRC and Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb
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Content last updated: Thursday 15 April 2021

Cribb, P.J. (1978). A synopsis of Malaxis (Orchidaceae) in Africa Kew Bulletin 32(4) Page 739.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 284 - 285. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 180. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I.F. & La Croix T.M. (1983). Orchids of Bvumbwe The Society of Malawi Journal 36(2) Page 17.

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. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Malaxis schliebenii., retrieved 30 November 2022

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