Maxillaria adscendens Schltr. 1920 sect. Erectae Pfitz 1889 TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Common Name The Rising Maxillaria

Flower Size .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm]

Found in Cauca department Colombia as a small sized, mat forming epiphyte with an ascending, stem-like, thick rhizome enveloped by tightly clasping sheaths giving rise to ovoid to ellipsoid, slightly compressed, 1.2 to 2" {3 to 5 cm} between each, erect pseudobulbs carrying a single apical, suberect, coriaceous, ligulate, obtuse, gradually narrowing towards the base , leaf that blooms on a basal, peduncle provided with a few acute, tightly clasping bracts, .6" {1.5 cm} long, single flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute, somewhat shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying a suberect, fleshy, glabrous flower.

Similar to M variabilis in flower size and plant form but is distinguished by the different lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 164 Schlechter 1920; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih.57:225 Schlechter 1929 drawing fide