Malaxis maclaudii (Finet) Summerh., Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1934: 208 (1934).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Microstylis maclaudii Finet, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 54: 533 (1907).
Kornasia maclaudii (Finet) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot., Suppl. 3: 121 (1995).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Malaxis hirschbergii Summerh., Bot. Mus. Leafl. 14: 225 (1951).
Pseudobulbs 5-7 cm long, 0.15-0.2 cm in diameter, fusiform, erect, with 2-4 sheaths in the lower part and 3-4 leaves at the apex. Leaves sessile to petiolate; petiole up to 2 cm long, rather narrow; blade up to 8 cm long and up to 3.8 cm wide, oblong-ovate, oblong-elliptic to ovate, acute, thin-textured, delicate, plicate, spreading. Inflorescence up to 15 cm long, densely up to 40-flowered, subcorymbose, peduncle with 3-4 cauline bracts. Flowers rather small, resupinate, translucent pale yellow, violet clair, red-wine. Floral bracts up to 6.5 mm long, lanceolate, non-auriculated, subulate, thin, delicate, glabrous. Pedicel and ovary 9-17 mm long, slender, glabrous. Dorsal sepal 4.5-6.3 mm long, 1.6-2 mm wide, oblong- lanceolate to oblong-ovate, subacute to subobtuse, thin, delicate, glabrous, flat, 3-nerved. Petals 3.6-5.8 mm long, 1.3-2.8 mm wide, obliquely lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, acute to subobtuse, thin, delicate, margins more or less ciliolate, 3-nerved. Lateral sepals 4-6.2 mm long, 1.8-2.7 mm wide, obliquely ovate-lanceolate, acute to subobtuse, thin, delicate, glabrous, flat, 3-nerved. Lip 3.5-4.6 mm long, 3.8-5.6 mm wide, broadly obovate to almost obcordate, truncate at apex or shortly apiculate, thickened along the basal margins, with 2 lateral thickened areas at base, apical margins minutely, irregularly denticulate, in the centre a needle-like projecting point. Gynostemium up to 1.3 mm long.
Terrestrial, in humid humus of the forest with Parinari kerstingii Engl., in deciduous woodlands in sandy soils or grasslands among rocks. April.
W. Trop. Africa to Sudan and Zambia
ORCHIDACEAE OF IVORY COAST by Dariusz L. Szlachetko 2008
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