Maxillaria lepidota Lindl. 1845 sect. Arachnites Christenson 2013 TYPE for sect. Photo by Lourens Grobler.

Another Aspect

Flower Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Judy Carney

Plant and Flower in situ - Ecuador Photo by Patricia Harding

Part shadeWarmTo ColdSummer

Common Name The Scaled Maxillaria

Flower Size 2 1/4" [5.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador in high cool lower cloud forests at elevations of 47 to 4100 meters as a medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with ovate-oblong, compressed pseudobulbs with 3 to 4 basal, distichous, imbricating, scarious sheaths with linear-lanceolate, acute leaves that are attenuate to a short, conduplicate petiolate base and blooms on a basal, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from newly matured pseudobulbs and subtended by 3 to 5 basal, distichous, imbricating, scarious bracts and has a single, showy flower held at mid leaf occuring in the summer .

Synonyms Maxillaria lepidota Lindl. 1845 var albida Rchb.f 1878; Maxillaria pertusa Lindl. ex Rchb. f.1924; Maxillaria saxicola Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as M lepidota var albida; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo ok; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:94 Schlechter 1924 as M saxicola; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 398 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 1 1982 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 105 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo maybe; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo ok; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo hmm