Maxillaria ochroleuca Lodd. ex Lindley 1824 sect. Multiflorae Christenson 2013 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Fragerant Part sun Cool Spring

Common Name The Ochre Colored Maxillaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Minas Gerais, Rio De Janiero and Espiritu Santo states in Brazil as well as Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia in lowland to montane forests at elevations of 230 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a short rhizome with thin roots giving rise to a large, oval-ellipsoid, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several imbricating leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, long, linear-ligulate, obtuse and apically bilobed leaf that is attenuate and canoe-shaped basally. This species blooms in the spring on many at once, fasiculate, short, single flowered inflorescence with several oblong bracts and arising from the leaf bearing sheaths enveloping the base of the mature pseudobulb and carrying sweetly scented flowers. This orchid species is often cited as a synonym of M splendens but I keep it separate here until further research has been accomplished.

Synonyms Maxillaria ochroleuca var longipes Sander 1901; Ornithidium ochroleucum (Lodd. ex Lindl.) Senghas 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Camaridium ochroleucum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Camaridium ochroleucum; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as Camarisium ochroleucum; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing good; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M ochroleuca var longipes; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as M ochraleuca var longipes drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide as M ochraleuca var longipes ; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 4 1982 photo fide; Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 110 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 as Ornithidium ochroleucum; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as M ochroleuca var longipes drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo hmm; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005

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