Maxillaria breviscapa Poepp. & Endl. 1836 Photo courtesy of David Morris and Clackamas Orchids

Common Name The Short Inflorescence Maxillaria

Flower Size 1/4" [.8cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at 1900 to 2500 meters in elevation in very wet montane forests as a miniature sized, caespitose, cool to cold growing epiphyte with oblong-elliptic, complanate pseudobulbs subtended by 1 to 2 scarious bracts with a single, apical, linear, narrowed to an elongate petiolate base leaf with an obtuse apex that blooms in the spring on short, 1 1/2" [4 cm] long, erect scapes concealed by several, tubular, subinflated, acuminate bracts arising on mature psuedobulbs and holds the flowers below the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 311 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing hmm; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing maybe; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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