Maxillaria auyantepuiensis Foldats Photo by E Kaes and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower form Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

Another Flower Form1961 Photo by Andy's Orchids, Copyright © 2002 All rights reserved

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Foldats


Common Name The Auyantepuy Maxillaria [A tepue - mesa-like mountain in Venezuela that gives birth to Angel Falls]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet, tropical and cooler montane forests at elevations of 220 to 1500 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with ovoid, lightly complanate, lightly sulcate with age, dark green pseudobulbs surrounded basally by long hairs and carrying a single, apical, narrowly linear-lanceolate, attenuate to the elongate, slender petiole, acuminate leaf that blooms in the spring on short, basal, 5/8 to 7/8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb then concealed by 4 to 5 subinflated, distichous, imbricating, acute bracts and carrying a campanulate flower.

CAUTION!! I am not sure if any of the flower photos are correct or if they all are and it is a variable shaped flower. Foldats was aware of this variability that is why the drawing has two tepal outlines but E Kaes photo is the closest to the type that I have seen even though Andy's photo is what is most often commercially available. The drawing by Foldats is absolutely correct.

Synonyms Mapinguari auyantepuiensis (Foldats) Carnevali & R.B.Singer 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide partial see Ramiro 2000; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide partial see Ramiro 2000; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Orquídea (Méx.) 13(1-2): 301-308.1993 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 309 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 as Mapinguari auyantepuiensis photo good;