Miniature Orchid Malaxis calophylla Kuntze 1891


Malaxis calophylla (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891 is a terrestrial growing miniature orchid species, native to India (Assam), the Himalayas, Sikkim, Bangladesh,
Myanmar (formerly Burma), Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

In Thailand the small orchid, with its attractive foliage, is called Ueang Haeo Moo Pa, which means boar tail orchid. Malaxis calophylla flowers get a size of about 0,6 cm and are best viewed with a magnifying glass or a macro lens. Inflorescences get lengths up to 25 cm and are packed with up to about 45 single flowers. Flowering period: June - July. Malaxis calophylla orchids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival). The tropical miniature orchid requires an intermediate – warm, humid climate, a shady location and a well drained potting medium to avoid root rot. Plants should be kept moist, but not wet, whilst waterings should be restricted during the winter rest.

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Image: Malaxis calophylla (Rchb. f.) Kze. 1891
Photographer: Kitisak “Nat” Jaidee

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