Maxillaria arbuscula (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1856 Photo by Patricia Harding

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt plant Grown by Gerardus H. Staal.

Plant Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The Diminutive Maxillaria

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Peru and Ecuador from elevations around 1500 to 3100 meters as a warm to cold growing, miniature terrestrial with slender, imbricating, branching stems with distichous, linear-ligulate leaves that are unequally bilobed apically and arranged in a ladder-like formation that blooms on an axillary inflorescence with almost globose flowers held close to the leaf axils at any time of the year.

Synonyms Adamanthus arbuscula (Rchb.f.) Szlach. 2007 publ. 2006; *Camaridium arbuscula Lindl. ?; Fernandezia punctata Ruiz & Pav. 1798; Maxillaria henrici-gustavi Senghas 1993; Maxillariella arbuscula (Lindl.) M.A. Blanco & Carnevali 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 as M henrici-gustavi; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide