Maxillaria acuminata Lindl. 1845 Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

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Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Gradually Tapering Point Maxillaria

Flower Size 1 1/4" [2.85cm]

Found from Mexico south to Peru in wet montane rainforests at elevations of 450 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an elongate, creeping rhizome enveloped by imbricating, non-foliaceous sheaths and carrying well spaced, ovate, flattened pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3, distichous, imbricating foliaceous sheaths and carrying apically 2 narrowly oblong, membranaceous leaves that are obtuse apically and blooms on 2 to 5, basal, 3/5" [1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped by distichous sheaths blooming at any time in situ.

Synonyms Lycaste acuminata [Lindley] Rchb.f 1855; Rhetinantha acuminata (Lindl.) M.A. Blanco 2007; Sauvetrea acuminata (Lindl.) Szlach.2007 publ. 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Lycaste acuminata; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 529 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Maxillaria an Unfinished Monograph Vol 1 Christenson 2013 photos/drawing fide

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