from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of orchidaceous plants of the tribe Epidendreæ, type of the subtribe Malaxeæ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- proper noun A large genus of largely terrestrial orchids with one or a few plicate leaves and slender spikes or tiny mostly green flowers; it is cosmopolitan.
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- noun large genus of largely terrestrial orchids with one or a few plicate leaves and slender spikes or tiny mostly green flowers; cosmopolitan
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Twenty-meter-high mixed montane forests of Podocarpus and Engelhardia are found from about 1,200 to 2,100 m, with lianas, epiphytes, and orchids such as Corybas, Corymborkis, and Malaxis very much in evidence.
The rarer orchids of the district are the bog-orchis (_Malaxis paludosa_), the narrow-leaved helleborine (_Cephalanthera ensifolia_), and the butterfly orchis
The clinandrum is largely developed in Malaxis, and is of considerable importance in retaining the pollinia, which as soon as the flower opens are quite loose.
But here comes my only point of novelty: in all orchids as yet looked at (even one with so simple a labellum as Gymnadenia and Malaxis) the vessels on the two sides of the labellum are derived from the bundle which goes to the lower sepal, as in the diagram.
Malaxis puts the labellum on top by continuing the rotation to a full 360 degrees.
Malaxis paludosa, secondarily shifted their labellum to an uppermost position.