Maxillaria acutifolia Lindley 1839 Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Another Flower Photo by Jean Claude George

FragrancePart shadecoolTo Hot WinterSpring

Common Name The Pointy Leaf Maxillaria

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

This small sized species is found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Leeward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago from 190 to 2300 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte in wet montane forests with small, oblong-elliptic, complanate pseudobulbs subtended by several scarious bracts and has a single apical, linear, acute, tapered to the conduplicate base leaf that flowers in the winter and spring on a basal, short, erect to pendant, 1 1/2" [4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with a tubular floral bract and the sweetly fragrant flowers held below the leaves.

Maxillaria rufescens Lindley which is said to be a synonym, but can be separated by the conspicuous acuminate leaves, the sepals and petals acuminate-lanceolate instead of elliptic, and the short, triangular callus in the center of the lip.

Synonyms Mormolyca acutifolia (Lindl.) M.A.Blanco 2007; Xanthoxerampellia acutifolia (Lindl.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 229. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1042 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 306 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing ok; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 as Maxillaria pudica; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Maxillaria an Unfinished Monograph Vol 1 Christenson 2013 photos/drawings fide