Maxillaria ecuadorensis Schltr. 1921 sect. Arachnites Christenson 2013 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers In situ Ecuador Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

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Common Name The Ecuadorian Maxillaria

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm] wide

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane cloud forests at elevations of 500 to 2700 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial on steep slopes with flattened pseudobulbs enveloped completely by distichous, scarious sheaths with 2 to 3 being leaf bearing as narrowly elliptic, acute leaves narrowing basally into the conduplicate petiole that blooms in the summer and fall in situ on an erect, 12" [30 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped completely by inflated, acute bracts and holding the flower at mid leaf.

Synonyms Maxillaria fractiflexa Rchb. f. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 1960 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 396 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo maybe;