Malaxis sciaphila bismarckiensis

Malaxis sciaphila (Schltr.) P.F.Hunt var. bismarckiensis (Schltr.) P.F.Hunt, Kew Bull. 24 (1970) 84

Basionym: Microstylis sciaphila var. bismarckiensis

Differs from the typical variety in the broader leaves (to 2.3 cm wide) and the flowers having longer pedicels (to 0.6 cm [presumably including the ovary]). (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers deep wine-red with darker transparent short stripes.

Habitat: Terrestrial in montane forest; 1400 m.

Flowering time in the wild: November.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 431-390M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.