Maxillaria hedwigiae Hamer & Dodson 1982[1983] sect. Rufescens Christenson 2013

Plant and Flowers Photos by Walter Schug and His MesoAmerican Orchid Page

Flower

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt

FragrancePart ShadeHotSpring

Common Name Hedwig's Maxillaria [Dr Hedwig Hamer, Wife of Fritz Hamer, author of Orchids Of El Salvador, among many Current]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in wet low montane forests at elevations of sealevel to 750 meters with close set, compressed, rugose pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few, dry sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-lanceolate conduplicate towards the base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, basal, 3" [7.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying flowers that smell of egg whites. This species is similar to M rufescens but differs in having a pointed, orange lip with a broad, oblong callus and porrect lateral lobes, an oblong midlobe, white, elliptic sepals and petals as well as small verrucose pseudobulbs.

Synonyms Mormolyca hedwigiae (Hamer & Dodson) M.A.Blanco 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 800 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 1985 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata M sp #3983 = M hedwigiae; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 4 1994 photo; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Mormolyca hedwigiae photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Mormolyca hedwigiae photo fide

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