The Adder's-mouth orchids
Malaxis monophyllos var. brachypoda
Photo courtesy of Ken Sytsma
The term Malaxis is derived from
the Greek term for soft, and apparently refers to the soft, herbaceous nature
of the leaves. These plants are fairly rare, and small and nondescript.
Consequently, they are little known, even to botanists. Worldwide, there
are more than 200 species placed in this genus, but only two are found in
- Labellum prolonged to a narrow apex, pedicels shorter than the ovary;
inflorescence an elongate raceme...monophyllos
- Labellum three-toothed, pedicels longer than ovary; inflorescence a
progressively congested raceme, becoming capitate...unifolia
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