Maxillaria nubigena (Rchb. f.) C. Schweinf. 1945 sect. Ornithidium [Salisb.] Christenson 2013

Plant and Flowers Photos by Rebecca Repasky and the Atrium Diversity Information System Website


Common Name The Cloud Growing Maxillaria [Refers to its being found in Cloud Forests]

Flower Size 1/8" [3mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela in montane rainforest at altitudes of 800 to 2900 meters as a very large, pendant growing, fan-shaped epiphyte with or without pseudobulbs with a woody, very stiff, lusterous chestnut brown rhizome enveloped completely by tan, close, tubular, approximate, persistent, rugose sheaths from which arise 7 to 12, linear to narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, attenuate, concave, stiff, rugose, conduplicate below into the base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a short, axillary, fasciculate, bracteate, single flowered inflorescence arising on a leafy non-pseudobulbous growth with up to 8 to 10 flowers in a group with 4 to 5 chartaceous, oblong-elliptic, acuminate, carinate bracts carrying the flower, subtended by a minute floral bract, below the leaves.

Synonyms Laricorchis nubigena (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; *Ornithidium nubigenum Rchb. f. 1863; Pachyphyllum pamplonense Kranzlin 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Flora de VenezuelaVolumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 109 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo