Maxillaria rigida Barb.Rodr. 1881 sect. Siagonanthus [Poepp. & Endl.] Christenson 2013

Flower Closesup

Plant and Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Luiz Filipe Varella

Part SunWarmFall

Common Name The Rigid Maxillaria

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Guyana, Venzuela and Brazil cloud forests at elevations around 1000 to 1600 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with about 6" [15 cm] between each, robust, ovoid to elliptic, brownish pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a scarious sheath and carrying a single, apical erect, linear-oblong, coriaceous, rigid, conduplicate leaf that blooms in the fall

This species and M pendans are often cited as synonyms, I have left them separate until I hear from the Brazillian experts as the two pictures that I have are definitely different species. This one matches Hoehne's drawings of 1953 much better but differs in having a single inflorescence instead of several.

Synonyms Camaridium rigidum (Barb.Rodr.) Schltr.1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as Camaridium pendulum drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as Camaridium rigidum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as M pendens drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M pendens drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005

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