AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Malaxis katangensis Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 14: 221 (1951).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Lisowskia katangensis (Summerh.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot., Suppl. 3: 121 (1995).
Description:
Dwarf terrestrial herb 3–15 cm tall; rhizome creeping, but cigar-shaped and tuber-like below the flowering stems. Leaves 2–3 at base of stem, the lowermost sheath-like, the others sub-opposite, to 6 × 4 cm, ovate or elliptic, light green, plicate. Inflorescence 2–14 cm long, narrowly cylindrical, densely many-flowered; flowers very small, yellow-green, turning buff-orange with age. Pedicel and ovary 2 mm long; bracts 2–3.5 mm long. Dorsal sepal erect, 1.7–2.5 × 1 mm, lanceolate; lateral sepals 1.3–2.2 × 1–1.5 mm, obliquely ovate. Petals 1.3–2.3 × 0.3–0.6 mm, linear-lanceolate, the margins glandular. Lip 1.3–1.8 × 1.5–1.8 mm, obovate, auriculate at the base, with a central pad of hairs; margins smooth. Column 0.4–0.7 mm long.
Habitat:
Distribution:
Trop. Africa