Maxillaria ctenostachys Rchb.f. 1870


Photos by The Wilson Botanical Garden and their Collections Page


Common Name The Comb-Like Raceme Maxillaria

Flower Size 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 1000 to 2800 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with cane-like stems terminating in an ovoid to conic pseudobulb enveloped by 1 to more foliaceous sheaths and carrying 2, apical, linear-lanceolate, obtuse, apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the fall on 1 to more, 1.2" [3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb.

Synonyms Camaridium arachnites Schltr. 1922; Camaridium ctenostachys (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 73. Panama Schlechter 1922 as Camaridium arachnites; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 238. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Camaridium ctenostachis; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 304. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Camaridium ctenostachis; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946;Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 4 Morales 2009 as Camaridium ctenostachys photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #4 2015 as Camaridium ctenostachya photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Camaridium ctenostachyaphoto fide