Malaxis metallica

Malaxix metallica

Malaxis metallica                                                                                                                                                             photo C.Solimbergo
(Crepidium metallicum)    
taxonomy described by (Reichenbach f.) Kuntze, Carl Ernst Otto
  published in      Revisio Generum Plantarum  2 : 673    5 november 1891
  family Orchidaceae 
  subfamily Epidendroideae
  tribe Malaxideae 
  subtribe Malaxidinae
  genus Malaxis  Swartz 1788
  metabolism CAM pathway, stomata of the leaves are open at night.   
    (K.Silvera, L.S. Santiago, J.C. Cushman, K. Winter - International Symposium on Plant Biology, August 2013)
    it is useful give the soluble mineal nutriens, on the roots.
native of origins forests with moss, or large rocks in the river beds, in Malaysia (Borneo, Mt. Kinabalu, Sabah), The Philippines
  altitude 158 - 1200 m  (521 - 3960 ft)

climate informations from Kota Kinabalu (Sabah, Malaysia)


Köppen climate classification : Af, humid tropical climate of the rainforest


(without a winter season, more and abundant rainfall)


the weather station data (temperatures are calculated for an altitude of 600 m / 1980 ft) :

    Malaxis metallica b gr uk
  photoperiod in Kota Kinabalu this orchid blooms with a photoperiod, which varies during the year, from 12 h 22 m' to 11 h 38 m'
  life form geophyte
  brightness    low
inflorescence     length 16 cm (6.4"), apical
  nr flowers 32 - 36
  size single flower  1 L 0.7 cm  (0.4" L 0.28") - inflorescence  12 L 4 cm  (4.8" L 1.6")
  duration inflorescence30 days
  time to bloom from birth, ≈ 60 days
CITES appendix II

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