Maxillaria phoenicanthera Barb. Rodr. 1881 sect. Repentes Christenson 2013 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

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Common Name The Purple Anther Maxillaria

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Rio state and Minas Gerais, Brazil at elevations around 800 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with oblong, laterally compressed, rugose+ pseudobulbs enveloped basally by evanescent sheaths and carrying 2 apical, erect, linear-lanceolate leaves that are attenuate into the pseudo-petiole and blooms in the late fall and winter on many, fasiculate, 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from the basal sheaths .

Synonyms Bolbidium phoenicantherum (Barb.Rodr.) J.M.H.Shaw 2011; Brasiliorchis phoenicanthera (Barb.Rodr.) R.B.Singer, S.Koehler & Carnevali 2007; Maxillaria phoenicanthera forma pallida Hoehne 1953; Maxillaria punctata Schlechter 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing good; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994

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