Malaxis Soland.

The Adder's-mouth orchids

Malaxis monophyllos var. brachypoda
Photo courtesy of Ken Sytsma
The term Malaxis is derived from the Greek term for soft, and apparently refers to the soft, herbaceous nature of the leaves. These plants are fairly rare, and small and nondescript. Consequently, they are little known, even to botanists. Worldwide, there are more than 200 species placed in this genus, but only two are found in Wisconsin.
  • Malaxis monophyllos var. brachypoda
  • Malaxis unifolia

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