Maxillaria bracteata (Schltr.) Ames & Correll 1943

Photos by Ralf Kappel Leipzig Germany

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Common Name The Bracted Maxillaria

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 400 to 2300 meters as a medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a somewhat ascending, cane-forming orchid comprised of 1.2" to 6" branches, each terminating in a parellel to the continuing rhizome, giving rise to fusiform to conic, compressed pseudobulbs subtended by 1 to 4, rugose sheaths with soon deciduous blades and carrying a single, apical, chartaceous, linear-oblong, unequally bilobate apically, narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on 1 to 3, axillary, 1.2 to 3.4" [3 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Camaridium bracteatum (Schltr.) Schltr. 1923; Chelyella admonens (I.Bock) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Chelyella bracteata (Schltr.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Maxillaria vagans Ames & C. Schweinf. 1925; *Ornithidium bracteatum Schltr. 1911

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 57. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Camaridium bracteaum; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as M vagans; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing good; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Camridium bracteata photo fide; Lankesteriana 19(1). 31-55 2019 as Camaridium bracteatum; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Camaridium bracteatum photo fide