Maxillaria albata Lindl. 1846

Collection Sheet Drawing by Foldats, Collection Sheet by Herbarium Jany Renz and the Swiss Orchid Foundation

FragrancePart shadeColdTo Cool Winter

Common Name The ?White Maxillaria

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and northern Brazil at elevations around 1500 to 2400 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with clustered, ellipsoid to ovate, laterally compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, leafless sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thin but rigid, linear-oblong, acute, attenuate and conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 4, basal, erect, 4 to 6.8" [10 to 17 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped below by acute, acuminate bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay Drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo