Maxillaria caucana Schltr. 1920 sect. Arachnites Christenson 2013

Photo by Eric Christenson

Type Drawing by Schlechter

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Part ShadeWarm Cool

Common Name The Cauca Maxillaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short, filiform, flexuous, glabrous rhizome giving rise to narrowly ovate to oblong, somewhat compressed pseudobulbs enveloped by sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, ligulate, subapiculate, narrowing below into the narrowly canaliculate, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, petiolate base leaf that blooms on almost every pseudobulb a basal, erect, thin, peduncle with 7 completely enveloping, clasping bracts, 4.8 to 6" [12 to 15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a floral bract similar to the peduncle, equal to the ovary in length bracts and carrying glabrous, flowers similar to M lepidota but somewhat smaller.

Synonyms Maxillariella caucana (Schltr.) M.A. Blanco & Carnevali

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920; Figuren Atlas Orchideenfloren der Sudamerickanischen Kordillerenstaaten Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 2 2002 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 Drawing not = M caucae; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide