Maxillaria soconuscana Breedlove & D.Mally 1989 sect. Cucullatae Christenson 2013 Photo by Eric Hunt


Common Name The Soconusca Maxillaria [refers to the Pacific coast in Southern Chiapas]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Southern Mexico and Guatemala in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas in evergrgeen cloud forests at elevations around 2225 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with oblong to elliptic, compressed, sulcate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by about 5, progressively larger, strongly conduplicate, concave, scarious, papery, brown, triangular, acute sheaths and carrying a single, linear-oblong, obtuse, apically emarginate and apiculate, dorsally carinate, basally conduplicate leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a 2 to 5 per mature pseudobulb, ascending, to 8 to 12.8" [20 to 32 cm] long, 5 noded, single flowered inflorescence with somewhat imbricating or spaced, progressively larger towards the apex, conduplicate, cuculate, ovate, lanceolate, acuminate bracts and carrying a floral bract covering more than half the ovary.

Synonyms Camaridium soconuscanum (Breedlove & Mally) M.A.Blanco 2007; Psittacoglossum soconuscanum (Breedlove & Mally) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 5 - 6 Orchids of Mexico Part 2 - 3 Plate 619 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide