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Adder's Mouth
Malaxis monophyllos 140706.jpg
Malaxis monophyllos
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Malaxideae
Genus: Malaxis
Sol. ex Sw.
Selected Species
  • Achroanthes Raf.
  • Acroanthes Raf.
  • Cheiropterocephalus Barb. Rodr.
  • Dienia Lindl.
  • Hammarbya Kuntze
  • Microstylis (Nutt.) Eaton
  • Pedilea Lindl.
  • Pseudoliparis Finet

Malaxis, commonly Adder's Mouth, is a genus of terrestrial and semiepiphytic orchids. The generic name signifies "smooth" and alludes to the tender texture of the lamina. There are approximately 182 species.

Malaxis densiflora from India