Maxillaria azulensis D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001

TYPE Drawing by Esparza, Bennett & Christenson

Full Shade Cool Winter

Common Name The Cordillera Azul Maxillaria [a mountain range in Huanuco department of Peru]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Huanuco department of Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 1400 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with ellipsoid, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped by papery bracts that are sometimes foliaceous, carrying a single, apical, acute, arching, long petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a basal, erect, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, enveloped by 8 to 9 inflated, tubular bracts, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with a just shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying resupinate, campanulate, pale yellow flowers with the lateral lobes of the lip purple.

Similar to M cuzcoensis but differs by having a farinaceous callosity, a lip with a short, suborbicular midlobe, ciliolate lateral column margins and a different proportion of the dorsal sepal which is wider than in C cuzcoensis.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 687 Bennett & Christenson 2001 Drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014;