Maxillaria arachnites Rchb. f. 1880 sect. Arachnites Christenson 2013 Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey

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Common Name The Spider-Shaped Maxillaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador at elevations of 1000 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a short, ascending rhizome carrying small, ancipitous, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, imbricating leaf sheaths and carrying a single, apical, oblanceolate, erect or sub-erect, subacute leaf that blooms on an erect, to 8" [to 20 cm] long, single flowered inflorescencea arising on a newly arising growth, enveloped by several, tubular, acute sheaths and a lanceolate, acute, green spotted with purple floral bract and carrying fragrant flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo hmm; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 not = M marmoliana; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970 = M marmoliana; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 = M marmoliana; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1338 Atwood 1989; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo soso;

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