Maxillaria falcata Ames & Correll 1943 Photo by Maxillaria Ed and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers in situ Panama Photo by John Godfrey Schellinger and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Falcate Maxillaria

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama on steep embankments in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2400 meters as a giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with an erect to decumbent, branching stem without pseudobulbs carrying usually deciduous along the lower cane, thin, conduplicate, oblong-lanceolate, abaxially keeled, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the winter on many overall, 2 or more per leaf axil, shorter than the leaves, to 1.2" [3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence subtended by a somewhat cucullate, hyaline margined floral bracts.

The flowers can be pinkish to white and are found all along the stem in profusion.

Synonyms Camaridium falcatum (Ames & Correll) M.A.Blanco 2007; Ornithidium costaricense Schltr. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Fieldiana Botany Flora Costa Ricensis Family 39 Orchidaceae: Tribe Maxillariaeae Atwood & Mora de Retana 1999 drawing good; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;