Fly Bearing Malaxis
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Fly Bearing Malaxis
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Fly Bearing Malaxis
Botanical name: Malaxis muscifera    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Microstylis muscifera, Dienia muscifera

Fly Bearing Malaxis is a terrestrial orchid with yellowish-green flowers, tiny, very numerous in a very slender rather lax upright spike 8-25 cm long. Flowers are about 3 mm long, with lateral sepals curved upwards. Petals are linear, lip erect, nearly circular, with thick obscure basal lobes and narrow lanceshaped top. Leaves are broad stalkless, paired unequal, elliptic, 2.5-6.5 cm long, arising from the base of the stem. Stem is 15-38 cm tall, pseudobulbs ovoid. Fly Bearing Malaxis is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 2500-4000 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Pankaj Kumar, Khyanjeet Gogoi, Rajesh Sachdev Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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