Maxillaria sanderiana Rchb. f. ex Sander 1888

Side View Of Flower Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

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Common Name Sander's Maxillaria [English Nurseryman 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [5cm]

This medium sized, robust, caespitose, solitary leafed epiphyte, lithophtye or terrestrial is from Ecuador and Peru on slopes with decomposing leaf detrius or on trees in wet montane forests at altitudes around 1200 to 2500 meters with abundant fine roots that form a "bird's nest" and ovoid, subglobose or oblong-ellipsoid pseudobulbs with the base concealed by several pairs of distichous, imbricating, leafless below and leaf-bearing above sheaths and carrying a single apical, oblong-elliptic, cuneate, acute, leaf that is conduplicate at the subpetiolate base that blooms on a basal, lateral, 4" [10cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with imbricating bracts that conceal most of the fragrant flower which is held above the psuedobulbs base and occuring in the summer and fall.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 8 1962 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8; Orquideologia Vol 14 No 1 1979; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 459 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 1 1985; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 512 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 12 1998 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 67 No 5 2002 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 1 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide

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