Maxillaria uncata Lindl. 1837 Photo by Oak Hill Gardens and their Orchid Catalog

Another Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

Part shadeCoolTo Hot WinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Hook Shaped Maxillaria

Flower Size 1/4" [1.2cm]

Found in French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador Peru and Brazil in wet montane rainforests at altitudes of sealevel to 1300 meters and is a hot to cool growing, small scadent epiphyte with a pendulous stem that has a fusiform-cylindrical, sulcate with age pseudobulb with a solitary semi-terete leaf and a short, lateral, subsessile, single flowered inflorescence with subtending scarious sheaths held close into the leaves and occurs through the late spring, summer, fall and winter months.

I have mine either mounted on treefern or in a fine mix of sphagnum, fenrock, woodchips, treefern and charcoal. Both plants are in semi-shade and get even year round conditions.

CAUTION I have separated M macleei and its synonyms from this sepcis, please refer to it for information.

Synonyms Camaridium squamatum (Barb. Rodr.) Hoehne 1947; Camaridium uncatum (Lindl.) Hoehne 1952; Christensonella uncata (Lindl.) Szlach., Mytnik , Górniak & Smiszek 2006; Maxillaria nana Hook. f. 1841; Maxillaria squamata Barb. Rodr. 1882; Maxillaria stenostele Schltr. 1918; Maxillaria striatella Kraenzl. 1928; Ornithidium nanum Rolfe; Ornithidium squamata (Barb. Rodr.) Barb. Rodr. 1882

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 72. Panama Schlechter 1922 as M stenostele; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 236. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as M stenostele; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as Camaridium squamatum drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 163 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 868 Dodson 1983 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1369 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 8 1993 photo as Max squamata; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 117 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 28 Schlechter/Brieger 1993 drawing fide/photo good; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as M squamata drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 710 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Supplemental Plate Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as M squamata; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 as Christonella uncata photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 as Christensonella uncata photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Christensonella uncata photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Christensonella uncata photo fide

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