Maxillaria chlorantha Lindl. 1837 sect. Multiflorae Christenson 2013 Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

Another Flower? Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Deep shade Cool Cold LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Yellow Maxillaria

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and northern Brazil in openings of dense cloud forests at elevations around 1100 to 2300 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with strongly compressed, finely grooved pseudobulbs enveloped completely by several imbricating, leaf-bearing sheaths that become deciduous with age and carrying a single, apical, erect, linear-oblong, strongly assymetrical apically, conduplicate towards the base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on several at once, axillary, 3.6" [9 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped completely by pale green, lightly inflated sheaths.

CAUTION: I am uncomfortable with the second determination, no pubescence on the lip and the photo shows an acute apex not evident in the drawings below.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993; 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