Definition of Malaxis
1. Noun. Large genus of largely terrestrial orchids with one or a few plicate leaves and slender spikes or tiny mostly green flowers; cosmopolitan.
Generic synonyms: Liliopsid Genus, Monocot Genus
Group relationships: Family Orchidaceae, Orchid Family, Orchidaceae
Member holonyms: Green Adder's Mouth, Malaxis Ophioglossoides, Malaxis-unifolia
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Literary usage of Malaxis
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Curtis's Botanical Magazine, Or, Flower-garden Displayed: In which the Most by John Sims (1818)
"Otherwise we are disposed to agree with M. RICHARD, that it does not at all accord with the character of malaxis. This author in a very ingenious paper on ..."
2. Orchidaceae: Illustrations and Studies of the Family Orchidaceae by Oakes Ames (1922)
"Plant terrestrial, 24.5 cm. tall, slender, in habit resembling malaxis spicata Sw. Roots fibrous, elongated. ..."
3. Magazine of Natural History edited by John Claudius Loudon, Edward Charlesworth, John Denson (1829)
"On the Leaves of malaxis ... Sir, IN the fourth volume of the English Flora, Sir James Smith has described the leaves of malaxis paludosa, as " roughish ..."
4. The Phytologist: A Popular Botanical Miscellany edited by George Luxford, Edward Newman (1850)
"Dr. Gamier, told me he believed he once found the malaxis in this island, ... We have few places here suited to the production of malaxis paludosa, ..."