Maxillaria histrionica (Rchb.f.) L.O.Williams 1950 sect. Reflexae Christenson 2013

Another angle Photos by J P Janovec and the Atrium Biodiversity Information System Website

Common Name The Enchanting Maxillaria

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico, Venezuela and Peru in rain or cloud forests at elevations of 1200 to 1400 meters as a giant sized, rather straggling, suberect, arching to pendent, warm growing epiphyte with a branched rhizome arising from a pseudobulbous base with a few pairs ofleafbearing sheaths and 2 apical leaves and gives rise every 6" to 14" [15 to 35 cm], ovoid, bifoliate pseudobulbs carrying 2, thin, fairly stiff, narrowly lanceoalte, acute, gradually narrowing into the basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall on several from different leaf bases, axillary, short, single flowered inflorescence

The small arrows in the upper left hand side of the photo shows the backbent apical spur of the lip which is a large factor in this species determination. The photo comes from a plant found in Peru, all references I can find mention only Mexico and Venezuela as locations but Peru is about the same distance to the south west from Venezuela as Mexico is to the northwest.

Synonyms Maxillaria aristeguietae Foldats 1961; *Ornithidium histrionicum Rchb.f.1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 3 Foldats 1970 as M hystrionica drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 as Ornithidium histrionicum photo good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;

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