Maxillaria acostae Schltr. 1923

Photo by Mario Blanco and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Acosta's Maxillaria [Costa Rican botanist 1900's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in very humid and pluvial forests at elevations of 1000 to 1400 meters as a miniature to just small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with ovoid pseudobulbs with purple spotted bracts and carrying a single apical, elliptic, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, per bract, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with white turning orange-coffee with age flowers with a red callus on the intermediate lobe of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing good; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 1 2006 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide