Maxillaria buchtienii Schltr. 1929 - See also Maxillaria splendens Poepp. & Endl. 1836 sect. Arachnites Christenson 2013 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

FragrancePart shadeCoolTo WarmSpringSummer

Common Name Buchtien's Maxillaria [Orchid collector in Central Ammerica and Brazil in 1900's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests at elevations of 800 to 1400 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with oblong-elliptic, compressed pseudobulbs that are enveloped basally by several, imbricate sheaths with the uppermost being foliaceous and carrying a single, apical, linear-ligulate, coriaceous, apically obliquely bilobed leaf that is conduplicate at the petiolate base that blooms in the spring and summer on a series [1 to 5] of short, axillary, 7" [15.5 cm] long inflorescence arising on a mature growth and enveloped basally by several, tubular, obtuse bracts and has a large floral bract carrying a campanulate, nicely fragrant flower.

This species has been in synonymy with M splendens but with new research it is felt that this can be a valid species, leaving M splendens endemic to Peru and M buchtienii with a large distribution from Venezuela to Bolivia.

Synonyms Maxillaria histiolugorum Rchb.f. 1852

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as M splendens; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M splendens not = M buchtienii drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M histiologorum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as M splendens in error drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M splendens drawing ok; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as M splendens photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 312 + Supplement Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing good; 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 as M splendens; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as M splendens drawing/photo ok; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide

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