Maxillaria tenuifolia Lindley 1837

Plant and Flower Photos By Jay Pfahl

Specimen Plant Photo courtesy of Paul Phelps and Phelps Farm Orchids

In Situ Photo

FragrancePart shadeCoolTo HotSpringand Summer

Common Name The Coconut Orchid - The Delicate Leafed Maxillaria

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [3.9 to 5 cm]

The Coconut Orchid, named for it's scent, occurs in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Niacaragua and Costa Rica as a medium sized, cool to hot growing, solitary leafed epiphyte or occasional terrestrial with an ascending growth habit found on trees in open or dense forests at low elevations up to 1500 meters, with a rhizome that is completely enveloped by scarious, imbricating, nonfoliaceous bracts with oblong-elliptic to oblong-obovate, compressed pseudobulb with a single apical, linear, attenuate leaf that blooms on a 2" [5cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with scarious, basal bracts with the flower held at mid leaf height and occurs in spring and summer and then needs a semi-dry rest through the winter months, best mounted on tree fern.

Synonyms Maxillaria gracilifolia Kraenzel 1927; Maxillariella tenuifolia (Lindl.) M.A. Blanco & Carnevali 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 6 1979 photo; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 867 Dodson 1983 drawwing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 1985 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1366 Atwood 1989 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 63 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 4 1994 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 3 1997 photo; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 1 1998 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 2 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 drawing; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 2 2007 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 2 2009 photo; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Maxillariella tenuifolia photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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