Maxillaria augustae-victoriae F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899 sect. Maxillaria Ruiz & Pavon Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

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Common Name Augusta Victoria's Maxillaria

Found in Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1500 to 2100 meters as a large sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte, with round, flattened pseudobulbs that are subtended by 2 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 3.2" [8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with 6 tapering bracts and carrying a very fragrant flower.

See also M hirtzii which is said to be a synonym but I have left them both separate pending better reaserch as there are several differences, most notably in the column.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as M grandiflora drawing no = M erubescens; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M grandiflora drawing no = M erubescens; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo hmm; Orchids of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as M crassicualis photo fide

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