Maxillaria bradeorum (Schltr.) L.O.Williams 1941

Another Flower View photo by Eric Hunt

Part shadeHotTo WarmSummerand Fall

Common Name Brades' Maxillaria [Brother Botanists in Costa Rica 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found from Costa Rica and Panama in premontane and lower montane rain forests at elevations of 700 to 1800 meters as a medium to giant sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose, unifoliate epiphyte and occasional terrestrial with decumbent canes comprised of successively arising shoots terminated by a ovoid to suborbicular, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single [2], narrowly elliptic, gradually widening towards the apex, acute, gradually narrowing below i to the short, distinct, petiollate base leaf that blooms in the summer through fall on an axillary, 2.8" [7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped by subtending floral bracts.

Similar to M ampliflorum but it has larger flowers with less purple in the floral segments, and a lip with a proportionally larger midlobe.

Synonyms *Camaridium bradeorum Schltr. 1923; Maxillaria semiorbicularis Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 57. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 Camaridium bradeorum; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 141. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 Camaridium bradeorum; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo ok; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 as Camarisium bradeorum photo fide;