Maxillaria minor (Schltr.) L.O. Williams 1942

Plant and Flowers in situ Costa Rica Photos by Wilfried Löderbusch

Part sunCoolColdFall THROUGH Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Least Maxillaria

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in wet forests on larger branches and trunks of trees at elevations of 1000 to 2500 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an elongate, terete rhizomatic stem enveloped by many tubular, scarious sheaths with every 6" [15 cm] or so giving rise to a ovoid to orbicular, laterally compressed pseudobulbs that in youth have 1 to 2, inferior, conduplicate leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear lanceolate, acute, abruply conduplicate below into the slender, elongate petiole that blooms in the fall through spring on a short, lateral, single flowered inflorescence arising on the sides of a newly arising rhizomatic stem.

Synonyms *Camaridium minus Schltr. 1918; Viracocha minor (Schltr.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 58. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Camaridium minus; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 142. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Camaridium minus; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 239. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Camaridium minus; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1353 Atwood 1989 drawing ok; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 as Camarisium minus photo fide;

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