Maxillaria bocazensis D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001

TYPE Drawing by Alcantara, Bennett & Christenson

Part Shade Cool LATERSpring

Common Name The Cerro Bocaz Maxillaria [A hill in Pasco department of Peru]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Pasco department of Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 1100 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with ellipsoid, lightly complanate, dark green pseudobulbs enveloped by scarious bracts carrying a single, apical, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, long petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 1 to 2, basal, enveloped by subinflated bracts, .8" [2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a cupping the base of the flower, longer than the ovary in length floral bract and carrying campanulate flowers with the tepals ivory, the lip midlobe pale creamy yellow, the disc white, the apex of the callus brown, the margins of the lateral lobes garnet red, the column pale green with short, purple-red spots and streaks at the base, the anther greenish and the glossy pollina dark yellow.

This species is most similar to M auyantepuiensis but differs in the longer inflorescence with several inflated bracts, white unmarked tepals, the column and lip subequal in leangth, the lip densely farinaceous, and a smoothly keeped anther.

M auyantepuiensis has a single bract, the tepals are heavily marked, the lip is twice the length of the column, the lip lacks farinaceous trichomes and the anther is rounded without a keel.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 689 Bennett & Christenson 2001 Drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014;