Maxillaria fletcheriana Rolfe 1913 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Howard Gunn

Lip Detail Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Common Name Fletcher's Maxillaria [Botanic Garden Director, Edinburgh - late 1800's to 1900's]

Flower Size 3 1/5" [8 cm]

Found in Eastern Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in extremely wet montane forests at elevations of 500 to 2800 meters as a small to medium sized, robust, warm to cold growing epiphyte with oblong-ovoid, slightly compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several scarious, distichous, leaf sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-oblong or oblong, acute or obtuse, shrtly petiolate, channeled leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb enveloped basallly by several loose, conduplicate, tubular sheaths with showy, fragrant, long-lasting flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 1 1958 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 452 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 1 1985; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide