Maxillaria christensonii D.E.Benn. 1998 sect. Iridifoliae Pfitz 1889

Photo by Patricia Harding

Part shade CoolSpring

Common Name or Meaning Christenson's Maxillaria [American Botanist and Orchid Enthusiast Died 2012]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte with ovoid-pyriform, sulcate with age pseudobulbs subtended by distichous, imbricating, scarious, lanceolate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-lanceolate, obliquely bilobed, attenuate to the conduplicate, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, basal, 5.2" [13 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with several large, inflated, tubular, ovate, obtuse bracts and subsimilar, slightly shorter than the ovaries floral bracts

Similar to Maxillaria augustae-victoriae, M christensonii, M colombiana, M crispiloba, M dichroma, M x doucetiana, M eburnea, M elegantula M fletcheriana M fucata, M grandiflora, M grandis, M irrorata, M lehmannii, M macropoda, M sanderiana and Maxillaria turkeliae


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 692 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014;