Maxillaria cedralensis J.T.Atwood & Mora-Ret. 1997 sect. Cucullatae Christenson 2013

Photo by Eric Hunt

Part shadeCold Spring

Common Name The Cedral Maxillaria [A town in province of San Jose]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found only in San Jose Province of Costa Rica at elevations around 2000 to 2500 meters as a small to just medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with ovate, compressed pseudobulbs, enveloped basally by inarticulate, triangular, nonfoliaceous sheaths, and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic leaf that blooms in the spring on a slightly fractiflex, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped completely by bracts and having floral bracts that are longer than the ovary.

Part of the M cucculata group which includes, M meleagris; M obscura, M praestans, M punctostriata and M cedralensis

Differs from the similar M punctostriata and M obscura by it's revolute margins of the sepals

Synonyms Camaridium cedralense (J.T. Atwood & Mora-Ret.) M.A. Blanco 2007; Psittacoglossum cedralense (J.T.Atwood & Mora-Ret.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 as Camaridium cedralensis photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Camaridium cedralensisphoto fide