Maxillaria plebeja Rchb.f 1859

Side View Photos courtesy of Ralf Käppel of Germany

Flower and Plant Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Insignificant Maxillaria

Flower Size 3/8" [1.3 cm]

A miniature sized, cool to warm growing, SE Brazilian epiphyte that has a branching, ascending rhizome with closely clustered, oblong-cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, oblanceolate, erect, keeled below, apically acute leaf that is conduplicate basally and blooms in the spring in Brazil on a 3/4 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence just arising from the basal papery sheaths of an older leafless pseudobulb and has a large flower that is held close to the psuedobulb.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994

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