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Colorful Malaxis   
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Colorful Malaxis
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Photo: Jayesh Patil
Common name: Colorful Malaxis
Botanical name: Malaxis versicolor    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Microstylis versicolor, Seidenfia versicolor, Liparis priochilus

Colorful Malaxis is a terrestrial orchid with short stem, pseudobulb ovoid. Leaves are 2 rarely 3 stalkless or shortly stalkes, ovate to lanceshaped. Flowers are borne in densely flowered raceme atop leafless stem. Bracts are lanceshaped, deflexed. Flowers are small, yellow or purple, lip is short wedge-shaped or kidney-shaped, with comb-like teeth. It apppears similar to M. Rheedei, but always small, and pseudobulbous, with stalkless leaves and smaller flowers in denser spikes. Colorful Malaxis is found in India, up to Assam in the east, South India and Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: Jayesh Patil Photographed in Matheran, Maharashtra & Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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