Maxillaria rupestris Barb. Rodr. 1881 - See also Maxillaria picta Hook. 1832 sect. Repentes Christenson 2013 Photo courtesy of Jeff Aguillon

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Common Name The Rock Loving Maxillaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

An occasional epiphytic and general lithophytic species from the eastern states of Brazil as a small to medium sized, cool to hot growing orchid that blooms in the fall and early winter with oblong, rugose, strongly compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by evanescent sheaths and carrying 2 apical, erect, linear-lanceolate leaves that are attenuate below into the pseudo-petiole that blooms on an erect, basal, 5" [12.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped by several, imbricating, loose, acuminate bracts and carrying strongly scented flowers. It is an evergreen species that needs even well watered conditions year round and bright light.

Synonyms Maxillaria fuscata Klotsch 1888; Maxillaria kreysigii ex Beer Rchb.f 1854; Maxillaria monoceras Klotsch 1863; Maxillaria picta var rupestris Hooker 1832; Maxillaria punctata Hoehne not Lodd. 1949; Maxillaria rupestris var brevis Hoehne & Schlechter 1927; Maxillaria rupestris var minor Hoehne 1952

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing fide to the first photo only; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M rupestris var brevis drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994

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