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See list of 3 species in this genus

The labellum is to be measured from its base to the apex of the central tooth when using the relative length measurements for Malaxis bayardii and M. unifolia. Reference: Catling and Magrath (2002).

  • 1a. Labellum entire, acuminate at the apex; pedicels (1–) 2–4.5 mm long; bracts 1.5–2 mm long; inflorescence less crowded and tapering to a slender apex
  • 1b. Labellum with 2 lobes at the apex and with a shorter, central tooth in the sinus between the lobes [Figs. 168,169]; pedicels (3.4–) 5–10 (–13) mm long; bracts 0.2–1.6 mm long; inflorescence somewhat to highly crowded near the apex, often ± round- to flat-topped
    • 2a. Basal auricles of labellum 0.4–1.1 mm long, less than 0.6 times as long as labellum 
 [Fig. 169]; pedicels (3.8–) 5–10 (–13) mm long; lower flowers usually withered or shed 
by anthesis of the upper flowers
    • 2b. Basal auricles of labellum 0.8–1.1 mm long, 0.6 or more times as long as labellum 
 [Fig. 168]; pedicels 3.4–5 (–5.8) mm long; lower flowers still persisting during anthesis 
of the upper flowers

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