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21. Malaxis D. Solander ex O. Swartz, Nov. Gen. Sp. Pl. Prodr. 8. 1788. Microstylis Nuttall, Gen. N Amer Pl. 2: 196. 1818; Dienia Lindl. In Edw., Bot. Regist. 10: sub. t. 825. 1824.


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.

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.

1 Plants with 1 leaf, continuous with its long tubular sheaths closely clasping the stem. Inflorescence very dense, cylindric   1 Malaxis cylindrostachys
+ 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

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