Common name: Jeevak • Hindi: जीवक Jivak • Tamil: ஜீவகம் Jivakam • Malayalam: ജീവകമ് Jivakam • Telugu: జీవకము Jivakamu • Kannada: ಜೀವಕ Jivaka • Sanskrit: जीवक Jivakah 
 
Distribution: Widespread – Tropical & Subtropical Asia to Nothern Australia 
  

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Maianthemum purpureum ABJUL01/06 : 5 posts by 3 authors. 3 images.
I have never before looked closely at these mayflowers which are beginning to flower in good numbers here. Looking at the flowers today was a pleasant surprise when I found a horned but cute pink/green devil staring back at me (another one for the fantasy stories, …).  Please correct me if I am misidentifying it.
Himalayan Mayflower, Maianthemum purpureum
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1800m
9 July 2015


A very good find …
I think this should be Malaxis acuminataa terrestrial orchid!!
Let the experts have their say..


I had a feeling that I was completely mistaken and how correct it was. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction. It most certainly matches Malaxis acuminataMy first wild orchid then.


An introduction to this species;
http://ijrap.net/admin/php/uploads/434_pdf.pdf


yes. it looked like orchid flower picture. then i rolled down and saw … answer.
voila.  the visual impression was on the right tract..


I photographed some plants of this Crepidium acuminata (syn: Malaxis acuminata) to share with you.

Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP

1800m approx.
22 June 2017
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Yes Crepidium acuminatum.

Thanks a lot for sharing.


I imagine why the name of this thread in Maianthemum purpureum?

Where did this name come from?


This is because I had originally misidentified the orchid as the mayflower and the name stuck on as the thread subject remained the same.

I am not sure if the subject line of the same thread can be changed without losing the different discussions in the thread.


I think only better option is to start a new thread in such cases. 


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Crepidium acuminatum AT AUG2016/03 : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Crepidium acuminatum
Syn. Microstylis wallichii, Malaxis acuminata
Hindi: Jivak
Shimla
July 2012
 


This does look like Crepidium acuminatum (=Malaxis acuminata) but do you have any more pics to share.


Yes, … Attaching one more photograph. Attachments (1)


Please check the image attached. 2 images.
The plant on left hand side is (B) Crepidium purpureum and one on the right hand side is (C) Crepidium acuminatum. You can see the difference in the midlobe of the labellum (the apex on upper part), there is constriction on left flower making a prominent midlobe but no constriction on right hand side.
Hope this helps in checking your plant.


Thank you … for these beautiful comparative photographs. C. purpureum is new for me.
I could not reply to your mail earlier, as I was busy with my office and personal assignments.
Attaching more photographs. These clearly indicate that it is Crepidium acuminatum. Crepidium purpureum has never been reported from Shimla hills. Attachments (3)


Yes these are Crepidium acuminatum (Malaxis acuminata). Thanks a lot for sharing. Its strange but it seems that they are flowering very late. They usually dont stay till August.


This is very strange, in fact at once I thought this is a hybrid of Crepidium acuminatum and purpureum but I think this is merely a deformed flower of Crepidium acuminatum.

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Crepidium acuminatum (D.Don) Szlach. ??? : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)

Location: Nagarkot, Nepal
Altitude: 6600 ft.

Date: 20 June 2017 


Can you please send me some good high resoution images of this on my email id. I am revising Crepidiums of Hong Kong and have been looking for true acuminatum, purpureum and so called acuminatum var. biloba is you have.


This is Crepidium acuminatum.

…, can you please send me a high resolution image of this yellow variety?


Thank you … At present these are only the images I have. I shall try to visit location.


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ASTAVARGA: JIVAK – Crepidium acuminatum (D.Don) Szlach : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Crepidium acuminatum (D.Don) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot., Suppl. 3: 123 (1995).
Syn: Malaxis acuminata D.Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal.: 29 (1825)
Family: Orchidaceae
Distribution: Widespread – Tropical & Subtropical Asia to Nothern Australia
Present pic location: Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand


Really nice series on Astavarga


Thanks a lot for the compliments.
Unfortunately I dont have the last one, Lilium polyphyllum. In case you have then please do complete the series.

 

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Flora of Chakrata 2013- Malaxis acuminata :  Attachments (5). 10 posts by 6 authors.

This terrestrial orchid was shot from vicinity of Chakrata, hope this is rightly identified as Jeevak…. 
Malaxis acuminata 


Such a beauutiful orchid … i have seen at Dhanaulty  🙂


Yes this is very beautiful … happened to be my first sight like many other orchids on the tour..


Fine pics … This species usually have yellowish flowers, here they have developed beautiful purplish ting to make them more beauteous. Very good catch.
 

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Malaxis acuminata from Chakrata


Yes Malaxis acuminata another highly medicinal plant.


 

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Orchidaceae Fortnight:: Malaxis acuminata | Chakrata Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Chakrata, Uttarakhand
Aug., 2013


Yes a typical Malaxis acuminata.

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ORCHIDACEAE FORTNIGHT:: Malaxis acuminata from Chakrata- NS 11 Attachments (4). 4 posts by 3 authors.
This one was again a find of our recent tour to Chakrata, Uttrakhand .. Malaxis acuminata 


Yes sir this is a typical Malaxis acuminata. His brother Malaxis purpurea is also found around but is more rare and has lobes on the top of labellum. Please see that the flower is not inverted here which is not a typical case in Orchids. 


Thanks, …,
All the following sites give Crepidium acuminatum (D.Don) Szlach. as the accepted name:
Is it OK ?

 

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Orchidaceae fortnight : Malaxis sp? : Shimla : RVS6 :  Attachments (3). 4 posts by 2 authors.
Please ID this herb. Is this a Malaxis sp., too?


We collected this herb from Tirunelveli (TN). sorry for the error.


This looks like Malaxis acuminata


Thanks … I appreciate your ability to ID even from poor pictures!


Crepidium acuminatum (D.Don) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot., Suppl. 3: 123 (1995).
Synonyms:
Malaxis acuminata D.Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal.: 29 (1825).
Corymborkis acuminata (D.Don) M.R.Almeida, Fl. Maharashtra 5A: 29 (2009).
Microstylis biloba Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 20 (1830).
Microstylis wallichii Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 20 (1830).
Microstylis pierrei Finet, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 54: 534 (1907).
Microstylis pierrei var. rotundata Finet, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 54: 535 (1907).
Malaxis biloba (Lindl.) Ames, Orchidaceae 2: 122 (1908).
Microstylis trigonocardia Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 4: 62 (1919).
Microstylis siamensis Rolfe ex Downie, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1925: 368 (1925).
Malaxis acuminata var. biloba (Lindl.) Ames, Enum. Philipp. Apost.: 302 (1926).
Malaxis pierrei (Finet) Tang & F.T.Wang, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 1: 74 (1951).
Malaxis siamensis (Rolfe ex Downie) Seidenf. & Smitinand, Orch. Thail. (Prelim. List): 150 (1959).
Malaxis wallichii (Lindl.) Deb, Bull. Bot. Surv. India 3: 128 (1962).
Malaxis acuminata f. biloba (Lindl.) Tuyama, in Fl. E. Himal.: 443 (1966).
Malaxis allanii S.Y.Hu & Barretto, Chung Chi J. 13(2): 18 (1976).
Crepidium bilobum (Lindl.) Szlach. ex Lucksom, Orchids Sikkim N. E. Himalaya: 323 (2007).
Distribution: Trop. & Subtrop. Asia to N. Australia

Very good pics in natural habitat. And perfectly rounded lip on sides, clearly visible.
There seems changes in Malaxis genus. Some species in Crepidium, some in Dienia and some in Malaxis now.
This is the great advantage of your expertise that we are able to follow these changes which otherwise percolate very late in Indian floristic literature.


Yes they broke up Malaxis into many tiny groups by people sitting in Poland. I dislike it, but for the time being I have to follow 🙁

 

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ORCHIDACEAE Juss. Fortnight: Crepidium acuminatum (D.Don) Szlach. from Himachal Pradesh, PKS-116 : Attachments (3). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Crepidium acuminatum (D.Don) Szlach., Fragm. Florist. Geobot., Suppl.
3: 123 (1995).
Synonyms:
Malaxis acuminata D.Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal.: 29 (1825).
Corymborkis acuminata (D.Don) M.R.Almeida, Fl. Maharashtra 5A: 29 (2009).
Microstylis biloba Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 20 (1830).
Microstylis wallichii Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 20 (1830).
Microstylis pierrei Finet, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 54: 534 (1907).
Microstylis pierrei var. rotundata Finet, Bull. Soc. Bot. France 54: 535 (1907).
Malaxis biloba (Lindl.) Ames, Orchidaceae 2: 122 (1908).
Microstylis trigonocardia Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 4: 62 (1919).
Microstylis siamensis Rolfe ex Downie, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1925: 368 (1925).
Malaxis acuminata var. biloba (Lindl.) Ames, Enum. Philipp. Apost.: 302 (1926).
Malaxis pierrei (Finet) Tang & F.T.Wang, Acta Phytotax. Sin. 1: 74 (1951).
Malaxis siamensis (Rolfe ex Downie) Seidenf. & Smitinand, Orch. Thail. (Prelim. List): 150 (1959).
Malaxis wallichii (Lindl.) Deb, Bull. Bot. Surv. India 3: 128 (1962).
Malaxis acuminata f. biloba (Lindl.) Tuyama, in Fl. E. Himal.: 443 (1966).
Malaxis allanii S.Y.Hu & Barretto, Chung Chi J. 13(2): 18 (1976).
Crepidium bilobum (Lindl.) Szlach. ex Lucksom, Orchids Sikkim N. E. Himalaya: 323 (2007).
Distribution: Trop. & Subtrop. Asia to N. Australia


 

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Malaxis sp (Orchidaceae) for ID from Uttarakhand: DSR_March_03 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

This Malaxis species was seen near Himalayan Botanic Garden Naini Tal (1900m) in oak forest floor.

To me it looks M.acuminata D.Don (Orchidaceae) which have variable lip shape.

Please suggest correct ID.


Yes this is Malaxis acuminata now called as Crepidium acuminatum.


Thank you … for ID and correct current name.


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 Crepidium acuminatum : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)

Crepidium acuminatum
Jeevak
Family – Orchidaceae
Synonyms – Microstylis wallichii, Malaxis acuminata
Photographed at Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh
Altitude – 1800meters asl
Dated – 6July2018

Yes this is the typical Crepidium acuminatum.

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SK1295 17 JUL 2018 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)- around 300 kb each. 
Location:  Gyaneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: 9 July 2018
Altitude: 4000 ft.

Crepidium acuminatum (D.Don) Szlach. ??


This should be Crepidium acuminatum.

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Crepidium acuminatum (D.Don) Szlach. : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (8)- around 600 kb each. 

Location: Kakani,  Nepal
Altitude :6600 ft.
Date: 20 June 2018

Habit : Wild    

Syn: Malaxis acuminata D. Don

yes very typical Crepidium acuminatum (=Malaxis acuminata)

Beautiful pics.

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