Maxillaria alticola C.Schweinf. 1945 sect. Ornithidium [Salisb.] Christenson 2013

Photo by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Agroriente and their Peruvian Orchid Website

Common Name The Height Loving Maxillaria

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in tepui shrublands at elevations of 1900 to 2600 meters as a small to giant sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial, with a monopodial or pseudomonopodial, cane-like stem enveloped completely by imbricate, tubular, scarious sheaths below and leaf-bearing sheaths above and carrying linear, acute, gradually becoming conduplicate below into the clasping base leaves that blooms on several to many, axillary, short, single flowered inflorescence arising from the leaf axils of the pseudomonopodial cane.

Synonyms Neourbania alticola (C.Schweinf.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Ornithidium serrulatum Lindl. in G.Bentham 1845;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as Ornithidium serrulatumdrawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 as Ornithidium serrulatum photo fide