Maxillaria confusa Ames & C. Schweinf. 1925

Another Angle Photo by Bogarin and The Epidendra Website

Plant and Flowers Photo by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

FragrancePart shadeHotCoolSummer andFall

Common Name The Confounded Maxillaria

Flower Size 3/4" [2.2 cm]

Found in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in pastures and open semi-evergreen forests at elevations of sealevel to 1450 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with smooth, compressed, orbicular to elliptic pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few scarious, leafless sheaths and carrying a single, apical, narrowly ellptical to ligulate, with conspicuous white veins, subcoriaceous, retuse, basally conduplicate into the base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall with fragrant flowers on several, 1 3/5" [4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from the base of a mature pseudobulb and enveloped completely by several, imbricating, loose, acuminate bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Schedul. Orchid. 8: 57. 1925; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 847 Dodson 1983 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo hmm; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2005 drawing/photo not = M sp; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #3 2009; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 photo good