Maxillaria ferdinandiana Barb. Rodr. 1881 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl


Common Name Ferdinand's Maxillaria [Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, German Botanist]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

A small, creeping, cool to warm growing epiphyte from eastern Brazil with a long, branching, robust rhizome carrying erect, subrhomboid, compressed pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, subcoriaceous, shortly petiolate, linear-lanceolate, very acute leaf that blooms in the spring in Brazil on a very subsessile, basal, single flowered inflorescence that is held next to the pseudobulb and just clears the ovate-lanceolate, scarious, long acuminate floral bracts envelopping the lower pseudobulb.

Synonyms Christensonella ferdinandiana ( Barb.Rodr. ) Szlach. , Mytnik , Górniak & ?miszek 2006; Maxillaria ferdinandiana var virescens Cogn. 1906;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M ferdinandiana var virescens; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993