!Macradenia lutescens R. Br. 1822

Plant and Inflorescence Photos by Patricia Harding

Part shadeHotTo WarmFall

Common Name or Meaning The Yellowish Macradenia

Flower Size 7/9" [1.75 cm]

Found in Florida, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, French Guiana Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil at elevations of 220 to 450 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte in wet montane forests and tropical rainforests with elongate, subterete, slightly sulcate pseudobulbs subtended by whitish sheaths with a single apical, thin, rigid, carinate, elliptic-lanceolate leaf that blooms in the fall on a basal, pendulous, to 6 3/4" [127 cm] long, racemose, many flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb.

Synonyms Macradenia surinamensis Rchb. f. & Wullschl. 1863; Macradenia triandra Lindl. 1835; Rhynchadenia cubensis A. Rich. 1835

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as M triandra; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 5 1957 as M triandra Drawing good; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; The Native Orchids Of Florida Luer 1972 Drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #8 1975; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 4 1985 photo fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 513 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0350 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0096 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 10 1992 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 283 Bennett & Christenson 1995 draWing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 32 1977 - 2056 Brieger 1996; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 11 1997 drawing fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 COS 2002 drawing/photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum Alliance Bakers 2006; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;