AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Malaxis schliebenii (Mansf.) Summerh., Kew Bull. 6: 465 (1951 publ. 1952).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Microstylis schliebenii Mansf., Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 11: 808 (1933).
Kornasia schliebenii (Mansf.) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot., Suppl. 3: 121 (1995).
Description:
Small terrestrial herb 5–10 cm tall; rhizome creeping, but swollen to form cigar-shaped tubers below the erect flowering stems. Leaves 2–3, the lowermost sheathing, the others sub-opposite at or near the stem base, spreading, up to 6 × 4 cm, ovate, pleated, light green. Inflorescence c. 12-flowered, up to 9 cm long and c. 1 cm in diameter, cylindrical. Flowers c. 6 mm in diameter, translucent yellow-green. Dorsal sepal 3–4 × 1–1.5 mm, lanceolate; apex rounded, erect or slightly recurved. Lateral sepals spreading, 3.5–4 × 3–4 mm, flabellate, emarginate, with 2 fleshy ridges in the centre, the basal margins thickened, the apical margin denticulate. Column 1 mm long.
Habitat:
Woodland, often in large colonies 600–1300 m.
Distribution:
Tanzania to Zambia