Maxillaria ferdinandiana Barb. Rodr. 1882 Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower Photo by © Jay Pfahl


Common Name Ferdinand's Maxillaria [Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, German Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Brazil as a small sized, creeping, cool to warm growing epiphyte from eastern Brazil with a long, branching, robust rhizome carrying erect, sub-rhomboid, compressed pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, sub-coriaceous, shortly petiolate, linear-lanceolate, very acute leaf that blooms in the spring in Brazil on a sub-sessile, basal, single flowered inflorescence that is held next to the pseudobulb and just clears the ovate-lanceolate, scarious, long-acuminate floral bracts enveloping the lower pseudobulb.

Synonyms Christensonella ferdinandiana ( Barb.Rodr. ) Szlach. , Mytnik , Górniak & ?miszek 2006; Maxillaria ferdinandiana var virescens Cogn. 1906;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M ferdinandiana var virescens; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993