~Maxillaria cerifera Barb. Rodr. 1877 - See Maxillaria notylioglossa Rchb. f. 1854 Photo by Oliver Lenhard Copyrighted

Plant in situ in Brazil Photo by Jay Pfahl Copyrighted


Common Name The Waxy Maxillaria

Flower Size to about 1/2" [to about 1.5 cm]

Found in Brazil as a miniature to small sized, cool to hot growing bifoliate species with ovoid, compressed, vertically rugose pseudobulbs that have a small, evanescent, basal and carries 2 apical, erect, linear-ligular, canoe-shaped, attenuate below into the pseudo-petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a erect, 1.8" [4.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and carrying fragrant flowers held above the leaves.

Synonyms Maxillaria divaricata [Barb Rodr. Cogn 1904; Maxillaria fallax Schltr. 1929; Maxillaria nervosa Rolfe 1895; Ornithidium ceriferum (Barb. Rodr.) Barb. Rodr. 1881; Ornithidium divaricatum Barb. Rodr. 1882; Rhetinantha cerifera (Barb. Rodr.) M.A. Blanco 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Ornithidium ceriferum; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 314 Bennett & Christenson 1995 as M divaricata drawing ok