Maxillaria elegantula Rolfe 1898 Photo by Agroriente and their Peruvian Orchid Website

Another flower? Photo by The Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Flower Closeup? Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Graceful Maxillaria

Flower Size

A medium sized, warm to cold growing species with a creeping rhizome from Peru and Ecuador that is found at elevations of 400-2550 meters with narrowly ellipsoid, compressed pseudobulbs subtended by several, large, distichous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, petiolate, oblong-elliptic, chartaceous, acute leaf with the petiole compressed and has a lateral to erect, to 10" [25 cm] long, basal inflorescence that has a single, large, showy flower that is held amid or above the leaves.

The flowers in this species can be highly variable in colors and forms of the sepals, petals and lip. That being said only the first photogrpah can be keyed out as M elegantula for sure.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 7 1959 photo; Orchids of Peru Vol 3 Schweinfurth 1960; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Maxillaria an Unfinished Monograph Vol 1 Christenson 2013 photos fide to the first photo