AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Malaxis prorepens (Kraenzl.) Summerh., Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1934: 208 (1934).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Microstylis prorepens Kraenzl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 17: 48 (1893).
Lisowskia prorepens (Kraenzl.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot., Suppl. 3: 121 (1995).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Microstylis katochilos Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 38: 5 (1905).
Malaxis katochilos (Schltr.) Summerh., Kew Bull. 6: 465 (1951 publ. 1952).
Description:
Terrestrial herb 15–30 cm tall; rhizome creeping; flowering shoots erect. Leaves usually 3, around middle of stem; bases sheathing, petiolate, 2.5–3 cm long; blades suberect or spreading, 5–6 × 3–4 cm, ovate, thin-textured. Inflorescence 4–10 cm × 3–6 mm, narrowly cylindrical, fairly densely many-flowered. Flowers reddish-purple, sometimes green. Dorsal sepal 2–2.5 × 0.7–0.9 mm, oblong-elliptic, rounded; lateral sepals 1.8–2 × 1–1.3 mm, obliquely oblong-elliptic, rounded. Petals 1.8–2.2 × 0.4–0.6 mm, linear-lanceolate; lip 2–2.3 × 1.8–2 mm, obovate, auriculate at base, with a central white cushion of hairs. Column 0.5–0.6 mm long.
Habitat:
Riverine vegetation and rain forest, in deep shade 60–1265 m.
Distribution:
Trop. Africa