!Maxillaria platypetala Ruiz & Pav.1798 sect. Maxillaria Ruiz & Pavon TYPE for sect. Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep shade WarmCool LATE Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Broad Petaled Maxillaria

Flower Size 3.2" [8 cm]

Found in Peru in wet cool cloud forests at elevations around 1950 to 2400 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial and less commonly epiphyte with narrowly ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped basally by leafless sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and eary summer on lateral, at the pseudobulb base, 2" [5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped by several, conspicuous, imbricate, tubular, compressed bracts and has subsimilar, longer than the ovaries floral bracts and carries a single campanulate flower.

Synonyms Dendrobium platypetalum (Ruiz & Pav.) Pers.1807; Dendrobium polypetalum Steud. 1821; Maxillaria polypetala Steud. 1821

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 701 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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