Maxillaria buchtienii Schltr. 1929 - See also Maxillaria splendens Poepp. & Endl. 1836 sect. Arachnites Christenson 2013Photo by Mulder & Mulder-Roelfsema

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

FragrancePart shadeCoolTo WarmSpringSummer

Common Name Buchtien's Maxillaria [Orchid collector in Central America and Brazil in 1900's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests at elevations of 800 to 1400 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with oblong-elliptic, compressed pseudobulbs that are enveloped basally by several, imbricate sheaths with the uppermost being foliaceous and carrying a single, apical, linear-ligulate, coriaceous, apically obliquely bilobed, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a series [1 to 5] of short, axillary, 7" [15.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature growth and enveloped basally by several, tubular, obtuse bracts and has a large floral bract carrying a campanulate, nicely fragrant flower.

This species has been in synonymy with M splendens but with new research it is felt that this can be a valid species, leaving M splendens endemic to Peru and M buchtienii with a large distribution from Venezuela to Bolivia.

Synonyms Maxillaria histiolugorum Rchb.f. 1852

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as M splendens; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as M spendens not drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M splendens not = M buchtienii drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 as M histiologorum; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as M splendens in error drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as M splendensdrawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as M splendens drawing ok; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as M splendens photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela Dunsterville 1987 drawing/photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 312 + Supplement Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as M splendens; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as M splendens drawing/photo ok; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide