Maxillaria chartacifolia Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930 sect. Polyphyllae Christenson 2013 TYPE for the sect.

Photo by Daniel Jimenez G. in Costa Rica

FragrancePart sunHot CoolSummerFall

Common Name The Paper-Like Maxillaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found from Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 50 to 1700 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a rhizome terminating into a short, stout stem enveloped by a fan-shaped, flat cluster of foliar, conduplicate sheaths carrying, many, narrowly lanceolate, acute, articulate, conduplicate below into the base leaves with a prominently raised mid-vein that blooms in the summer on a series of single flowered, to 4" [to 10 cm] long, erect inflorescence enveloped by several, close, flattened, acuminate, green, speckled brown bracts and carries foul scented flowers.

Synonyms Inti chartacifolia (Ames & C.Schweinf.) M.A.Blanco 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * , Schedul. Orch. 10: 92-94 Ames & C. Schweinf. 1930 The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Studies in American orchids VI Canadian Journal of Botany 34(2):241-260 Garay 1962; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 148 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 17 #3 1988 as subgen Camaridium drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo = M bicallosa; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1340 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 097 Bennett & Christenson 1993 not drawing = M foetida; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994 as Trigonidium equitans; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 4 1994 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 Errata = M bicallosa Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Lankesteriana 7(3): 524-525 M A Blanco 2007as Inti chartacifolia; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide