Maxillaria densa Lindl. 1835 SECTION Ornithidium

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FragrancePart shadeWarmTo ColdWinterand Spring

Common Name The Crowded Maxillaria

Flower Size 1/2" to 3/4" [1.8 to 2 cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua as well as Colombia at elevations up to 2500 meters over its range but found on trees in damp woods at lower elevations and cloud forests, or as a terrestrial in pine forests as a medium sized, unifoliate, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an elongate rhizome that has congested or spread out, elliptic-oblong to ovate-oblong pseudobulbs subtended by 2 scarious sheaths and an apical, single, linear-oblong, obliquely retuse leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a short, single, fragrant flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb that occurs in clusters and do not open fully, or just emerge from the bracts on the developing stem of the next pseudobulb.

Synonyms Camaridium densum (Lindl.) M.A.Blanco 2007, Chelyella densa (Lindl.) Szlach. & Sitko 2012; Ornithidium densum (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1855; Maxillaria glomerata Gal. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Ornithidium densa; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 as Ornithidium densa drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Ornithidium densa; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 8 1959 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 850 Dodson 1983 drawing fide; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 61 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 28 1713 - 1776 Brieger 1993 as Ornithidium densum drawing fide/photo good; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo not = M sp; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #3 2009; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 as Camaridium densum photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Camaridium densum photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 1 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Orchid Digest Vol 84 #1 2020 photo fide;