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Published In: Nova Genera et Species Plantarum seu Prodromus 8, 119. 1788. (Prodr.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Contributor Text: J. RENZ
General/Distribution: A large genus with c. 300 species in the New and Old World tropics and temperate zones. Represented in Pakistan by 1 or 2 closely related species.


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Plants slender, developing pseudobulbs, terrestrial or epiphytc. Leaves 1 or more, with sheathing petioles. Inflorescence ± dense, many-flowered. Flowers minute, mainly green or yellowish-green. Sepals and petals subequal in length, petals narrower Labellum adnate to the base of column, directed upwards by torsion of pedicel by 360˚, entire or lobed, ± excavated at base. Column short, fleshy, on either side with a short spreading wing or arm; anther terminal, ± incumbent; pollinia 4, cohering two by two, clavate, without caudicles or viscid glands; stigma entire. Ovary very small with long twisted pedicel.

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1 Plants with 2 leaves, unequal in size and continuous with their rather short sheaths, which loosely embrace the stem. Inflorescence rather loose 2 Malaxis muscifera
+ Plants with 1 leaf, continuous with its long tubular sheaths closely clasping the stem. Inflorescence very dense, cylindric
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