Maxillaria sanguinea Rolfe 1895 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Common Name The Blood-Red Maxillaria

Flower Size 5/8" [1.5 cm]

Found from Costa Rica and Panama as a medium sized hot to cool growing epiphyte on larger branches in primary rainforests at elevations of 50 to 900 meters with fusiform, ellipsoid, tapered at both ends pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by a few, scarious, imbricating sheaths carrying a single, apical, linear, narrowly conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf which blooms on a 2/5" [1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence that arises on a newly formed pseudobulb with slightly fragrant flowers. This species is similar to Maxillaria tenuifolia yet differs in having a slightly fruity fragrance, a broader usually white lip apically and only minutely spotted, a fusiform pseudobulb and narrower leaves that are never wider than 3 mm wide.occuring in the winter.

Synonyms Maxillariella sanguinea (Rolfe) M.A. Blanco & Carnevali 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 7 1959 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1362 and 1362a Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 4 1994 photo; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 10 2008 photo as Maxillariella sanguinea; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 as Maxillariella sanguinea photo fide;