Maxillaria seidelii Pabst 1960 sect. Urceolatae Christenson 2013

Specimen Plant Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista

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Common Name Seidel's Maxillaria [Brazilian Orchid Breeder 20th cen]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

This species is a dwarf epiphyte that is found in Brazil in cool shady montane forests at moderate elevations with an ascending rhizome carrying minute pseudobulbs carrying 2, erect, linear or linear-oblong leaves that are needle shaped with an apical groove that blooms in the spring on a basal, single flowered, 1 to 1 1/4" [2.5 to 3 cm] long inflorescence with 3 dried sheaths that has the single flowers held amid the leaves. Mount this species on a small tree fern slab or in a small pot with fairly fine material and give cold to cool temperatures , year round moisture, good air movement and semi-shade.

Synonyms Christensonella echinophyta (Barb.Rodr.), Szlach., Mytnik, Górniak & Smiszek 2006; Christensonella seidelii ( Pabst ) Szlach. , Mytnik , Górniak & ?miszek 2006; Maxillaria echinophyta Barb.Rodr. 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M echinophyta drawing hmm; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 as M echiniphyta photo good

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