Maxillaria albata Lindl. 1846

Collection Sheet Photo by Herbarium Jany Renz and the Swiss Orchid Foundation

FragrancePart shadeColdTo Cool Winter

Common Name The ?White Maxillaria

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and northern Brazil at elevations around 1500 to 2400 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with clustered, ellipsoid to ovate, laterally compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, leafless sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thin but rigid, linear-oblong, acute, attenuate and conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 4, basal, erect, 4 to 6.8" [10 to 17 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped below by acute, acuminate bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay Drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo