Maxillaria confusa Ames & C. Schweinf. 1925

Another Angle Photo by Bogarin and The Epidendra Website

Photo by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

FragrancePart shadeHotSummer 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 as a miniature to small sized, hot growing epiphyte at elevations of sealevel to 1450 meters 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; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/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; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo hmm; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 photo good