Maxillaria cucullata Lindl. 1840 sect. Cucullatae Christenson 2013 TYPE for sect. Photo by Lourens Grobler .

Yellow Color Variety Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Red flower varietyPhoto courtesy of Noble Bashor

Questionable Species ANYONE? Photo by David P. Banks, Australia copyrighted

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Common Name The Cowl Carrying Maxillaria

Flower Size 1 1/2" to more than 3 1/2" [4 to 9 cm]

Found from Mexico south to Ecuador at elevations ranging from 700 to 3300 meters in damp rain or mist forests as a small sized, cool to hot growing epiphyte, terrestrial or lithophyte with a small pseudobulbs enveloped almost completely by several scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear to oblong elliptic, coriaceous, obtuse or rounded apically, basally conduplicate leaf that has variable foliage and flowers borne through the axils of the several, distichous sheaths subtending the clustered, ovoid-oblong, compressed psuedobulbs that blooms on a 5 to 15" [7.5 to 37 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and that has scarious-fibrous bracts that almost completely cover the peduncle and fragrant flowers and occuring in the fall and early winter.

Synonyms Maxillaria atrata Rchb. f. 1866; Maxillaria galeata Rchb.f 1842; Maxillaria praestans Rchb. f. 1885; Maxillaria rubrilabia Schltr. 1923;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Maxillaria atrata drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 849 Dodson 1983 drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Camaridium cuculatum photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Camaridium cucullatum photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide

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