Maxillaria augustae-victoriae F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899 sect. Maxillaria Ruiz & Pavon Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Side View of Flower Photo by Pascal Sauvetre


Common Name Augusta Victoria's Maxillaria

Found in Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1500 to 2100 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte, with round, flattened pseudobulbs that are subtended by 2 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 3.2" [8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with 6 tapering bracts and carrying a very fragrant flower.

Similar to Maxillaria christensonii, M crispiloba, M colombiana, M dichroma, M doucetteana, M eburnea, M elegantula, M fletcheriana, M fucata, M grandiflora, M grandis, M irrorata, M lehmannii, M macropoda, M sanderiana and Maxillaria turkeliae

Synonyms Maxillaria hirtzii Dodson & Andreetta 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as M grandiflora drawing no = M erubescens; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M grandiflora drawing no = M erubescens; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 455 Dodson 1982 as M hirtzii drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 as M hirtzii; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo hmm; Orchids of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as M crassicualis photo fide