Maxillaria stictantha Schltr. 1921 sect. Maxillaria Ruiz & Pavon Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Part shade Cool Summer Fall

Common Name The Spotted Flower Maxillaria

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in Chiramborazo province of Ecuador at elevations around 1550 to 1700 meters as a medium to just large sized, cool growing epiphyte with an elongate, densely imbricate sheathed rhizome with 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] between each ancipitous, oblong, provided with 1 to 2, foliaceous sheaths and carrying 2 apical, erect, ligulate, obliquely and obtusely acute, narrowing below into the .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on axillary, peduncle .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, provided with few sheaths, single flowered inflorescence with elliptic, acute, tighly clasping, slightly longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Similar to M platypetala but M stictantha differs most in the strickingly distant, compressed pseudobulbs.

Synonyms Maxillariella stictantha (Schltr.) M.A.Blanco & Carnevali 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 97 Schlechter 1921; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide;

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