Maxillaria bennettii Christenson 1995

TYPE Drawing by Bonifaz, Bennett & Christenson

Part Shade Cold Spring

Common Name Bennett's Maxillaria [American Orchid Enthusasit and Collector in Peru 1900's] 1923 - 2009]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Huanuco department of Peru on the drier side of Carpish Pass in lower cloud forests at elevations around 2350 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with ellipsoid-ovoid, strongly compressed pseudobulbs enveloped by imbricate, distichous bracts with the 2 uppermost being foliaceous, carrying a single, apical, linear-oblong, gradually tapering into the conduplicate, sharply petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on basal, enveloped by imbricating, tubular, acute bracts, 3.2" [8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, acute, subinflated, subequal to the ovary in length floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, campanulate to partially closed flowers with pale salmon tepals with darker veins, the lateral lobes of the lip salmon, the midlobe darker, tannish salmon with irregular elongate markings, a white column tinged with red on the dorsal surface and a white anther

Separated from all other Peruvian Maxillaria by the subapical crater on the lip and by the salmon colored, non-resupinate flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 310 Bennett & Christenson 1995 Drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014;