Maxillaria longissima Lindl. 1846 sect. Arachnites Christenson 2013 Photo by Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Jim Hamilton

Flower and plant Photo by David P. Banks, Australia copyrighted

Plant and Flowers in situ Ecuador Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Longest Petal Maxillaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1350 to 2600 meters and as such is a medium sized, warm to cool growing, bracteated, unifoliate epiphyte with the pseudobulb enveloped by leaf sheaths that higher up carry linear-lanceolate leaves and a single, apical, linear-lanceolate leaf that blooms on a longer, basal, bracteate, single flowered inflorescence arising on a newly maturing pseudobulb holding the flowers amid or above the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 2 1960 photo; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; 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 good