Maxillaria chacoensis Dodson 1989 sect. Rufescens Christenson 2013 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep shade Cool Cold

Common Name or Meaning The Chaco Maxillaria [A town In Ecuador]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1600 to 2400 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with caespitose, oblong-ovate to oblong, rugose psuedobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a basal, single flowered, 1.6" [4 cm] long inflorescence with 1 to 2 adpressed bracts and a subtriangular, infundibuliform floral bract that envelopes the ovary and carries fragrant flowers that smell of fresh fruit.

It's close relative M rufescens smells of Vanilla instead of fresh fruit and also has larger flowers and a longer midlobe of the lip.

Synonyms Mormolyca chacoensis (Dodson) M.A. Blanco 2007; Xanthoxerampellia aureoglobula (Christenson) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 531 1989 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing ok/photo fide

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