Maxillaria alticola C.Schweinf. 1945 sect. Ornithidium [Salisb.] Christenson 2013 Photo by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers Photo by Agroriente and their Peruvian Orchid Website

Common Name The Height Loving Maxillaria

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in tepui shrublands at elevations of 1900 to 2600 meters as a small to giant sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial, with a monopodial or pseduomonopodial cane-like stem enveloped completely by imbricate, tubular scarious sheaths below and leaf-bearing sheaths above and carrying linear, acute, gradually becoming conduplicate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms on an several to many, axillary, short, single flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Ornithidium serrulatum Lindl. in G.Bentham 1845; Ornithidium serrulatum var. acuminatum Rchb.f.. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003

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